Brazilians dominate first day of Junior Snipe Worlds
Published on September 16th, 2013
Rio de Janeiro (September 16, 2013) – Today was the first day of Snipe Junior World, at Rio de Janeiro. The only race of the day started more than an hour late because of the light wind. The Brazilians dominated the race, winning first to fourth place. Locals João Bulhões and João Pedro Paiva were the winners, followed by Lucas Mesquita and Douglas Gomm and James Brito and Breno Abdulklech .
Despite being scheduled for 13h, the start could only be given at around 14:30, when the wind came at 10 knots maximum. It was a windward race, with five legs.
Much of the fleet, including the Brazilian team, chose to sail to the left side, closest to Niterói, and tactics worked. At the first buoy, the first five pairs were from Brazil, until the last leg when the wind dropped and the race became more difficult.
“It was a good day, and we manage to sail well, following all the wind shifts”, said João.
“The guys did a great job, and made less mistakes then everybody, so they won the race. If you sail fast, but go to the wrong side, you will never win”, said Lucas .
Who also did a great job was the Japanese crew Tatsuya Hirakawa and Waratu Hanakoa. They started the race at the second half of the fleet and recover positions, to finish 5th.
For this Tuesday two more races are scheduled with start signal at 13h. The weather forecast indicates 10 knots again.
Results after one race :
Snipe Jr World Championships and Senior World Championship are organized by ICRJ, SCIRA Brazil, CBVela and have the support of Olimpic Sails
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