The first morning of 8mR Worlds in Helsinki was nice – with some winds
and the sun in the blue sky. Due to the winds blowing 11-14 knots the
race area was chosen to be on the southern side of Isosaari.
race was planned to start at 11 a.m. but because some boats were too
far from the racing area, the Race Committee decided to raise AP flag
until all the boats were there. Very successful start of the first race
was at 11.15 a.m. and the boats were sailing in a beautiful fleet to the
up-mark, then in downwind back to the gates with pretty spinnakers on
and then the second time to the up-mark again to sail then in good speed
over the finishing line after 1 hour sailing. The first boat over the
finishing line was HOLLANDIA NED1 (owner Ruud van Hilst). The second one
was LAFAYETTE GBR2 (owner Murdoch McKillop) and the third over the
finishing line was JUANITA AUS8 (owner Graeme Wood). The last boat in
the finish was after 1 hr and 22 minutes sailing ELFE II H-9 (Germany,
owner Andi Lochbrunner).
The second race was started right after the last boat was crossing
the finishing line. Started at 12.50 p.m. it was successful but with
three boats over the line: KATRINA FIN14, LAFAYETTE GBR2 and YQUEM II
SUI2. KATRINA did correct but the others not. During the second race the
blue sky became gray and cloudy and the wind was blowing even more
strongly. Racing time of the first finishing boat LAFAYETTE was one
hour, but with OCS in the first place. The second one over the finishing
line was HOLLANDIA NED1 and the third one YQUEM II, also with OCS. The
last finishing boat ELFE II H-9 (Germany) passed the finishing line next
to it instead of coming over the line - that's why in results DNF for
this race. Both OCS boats were applying for the redress and the jury
gave them redress based on fact that individual recall process on RC
boat wasn't correct enough.
Top three boats in overall were:
1st Modern - Coppa d´Italia - Hollandia NED-1 - RNCYC - Ruud VAN HILST (NED) 1-1 = 2 points
2nd Modern - Coppa d´Italia - Lafayette GBR-2 - RNC - Murdoch MCKILLOP (GBR) 2-1 RDG = 3 points
3rd Modern - Juanita AUS-8 - SASC - Graeme WOOD (AUS) 3-3 = 6 points
In the evening there was Helsinki City Reception in the Helsinki City Hall hosted by the City Major Hannu Penttilä.
Racing will continue tomorrow at 11 a.m. The wind forecast is promising more strong winds than today.
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29/7/2013 17:37 (Copied from the Worlds 2013 site)