Snipe Junior Worlds Blown Out

Published on September 17th, 2015

Talamone, Italy (September 17, 2015) – Strong wind was true winner of day 4 at the Snipe Junior World Championship underway in Talamone Tuscany on Thursday. In the morning, the 36 crews from 11 nations were greeted by frothing seas with winds 27 knots gusting to 37 knots from the southeast.

Given the weather conditions, the Race Committee hoisted an initial 2-hour postponement that then became a 5-hour one. Many were impatient to get on the water, as it is possible to discard the worst result after Race 6. With safety first in mind, the Race Committee lowered the postponement flag shortly after 4 p.m. and the young sailors set out towards the racecourse under sunny skies, a 19-21 knot breeze from the east south east and rolling waves.

The start saw most of the fleet head out on starboard tack towards the beach of La Giannella with four crews splitting off to the left hand side of the course, bow on Giglio Island. Up the second beat, the wind increased as did the number of boats capsizing that could always count on ready assistance from the organization with 35 crews competing and 10 ribs helping out in case of need. At the end of the second reach, the wind had increased even more and the Race Committee announced that racing was abandoned for the day at 6.05 p.m.

Back on land, with nobody hurt, a couple of bruises and no real damage participants enjoyed the evening in the local pubs and restaurants set in the walled town of Talamone. Tomorrow last day of racing of the Junior Snipe World Championship with the Prize Giving Ceremony scheduled for 6 p.m.

After five races with no discard, the provisional scoreboard sees Montoya-Cuenca (ESP) in the lead at 19 pts, followed by Meotto-Cassandro (ITA) at 27 points and by Noguera-Vallespir (ESP) in third place at 28 points.

Meanwhile, participants of the 2015 Snipe World Championship that will take place from the 19th to 26 September are streaming into the Tuscan village with measurements already underway. Front-runners for the 2015 Snipe World Champion tile include Augie Diaz (USA), two-time world champion, Luis Soubie (Argentina), Alexandre Tinoco (Brazil), Raul de Valenzuela and Jordi Triay (Spain).

The Snipe World Championship is hosted by the Circolo della Vela Talamone in Tuscany and will take place from the 19th to the 26th of September 2015. Eighty-three teams from eighteen nations have entered the regatta. It is preceded by the Snipe Junior World Championship which will end on 18 September 2015.

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