Competitors at the dueck GM IOM World Championship Regatta experienced a few new conditions on the water yesterday, resulting in some frustration among sailors.
The winds were very light and variable, causing some of the heats to go on longer than usual. At one point, a postponement was called by the officials since the variable wind was too uncertain (and non-existent) to set a good course.
Daniel WEIZMAN (AUS), noted that, the skinny boats were doing really well. in the lumpy seas and light winds. Daniel had his best race of the Regatta in Race 15 yesterday placing fifth; his first single digit race placing. He's racing a Disco designed and built by Brad Gibson!
"I.m just happy that I don't have to make a living doing this"
, laughed Torvald KLEM (NOR), as he sat up top after his heats. Torvald has the distinction thus far of being the only sailor to go from .E. to .A. standings (during last Friday's races), and sits in 14 now after yesterday's completed Races (Race 15).
"One mistake, you can manage to stay in a heat, but two-you're out of it"
, he noted, as it becomes more apparent with every race just how close the competition is.
Sunday was a lay day for the sailors. Many put it to good use touring Vancouver and environs. Popular destinations included Whistler, Victoria, and Grouse Mountain. Craig SMITH (AUS), who sat in the number 1 position as of Saturday's completed Race 12, marveled at the dexterity of the lumberjacks at Grouse Mountain. Apparently their ultra quick descent down long poles proved that Canucks are indeed crazier than Aussies.
Leaders after Race 16
1. Trevor Binks GBR 72 - Isis
2. Craig Smith AUS 147 - TS2
3. Ante Kovacevic CRO 30 - TS2
4. Paul Jones AUS 108 - Disco
5. Thomas Butler AUS 169 - TS2
6. Ken Binks GBR 83 - Isis