New Leader at Snipe Worlds
Published on September 22nd, 2015
Talamone, Italy (September 22, 2015) – The second day of the Snipe World Championship completed two races, with Luis Soubie and Diego Lipszyc from Argentina the new leader after four races. In second place is two-time World Champion Augie Diaz and Kathleen Tocke with Belgian Emmanuel Hens and Spaniard Victor Perez Campos in third.
Today’s races were won by Jordi Triay Pons-Lluis Mas Barceló (ESP) in Race 3 and by 18 and 19 year old Felipe Santa Rita-Luis Felipe Meirelles (BRA), who finished 2nd overall in last week’s Junior Snipe World Championship.
Once again Snipe Bay in Talamone, Tuscany delivered great racing conditions. After yesterday’s strong winds, the 83 crews from 18 nations cut the starting line with flat seas, sunny skies and a 9-12 knot westerly breeze. An extremely tactical race day, with wind direction fluctuations that were continuously interpreted to adapt the race course in the best of ways by the President of the Race Committee Fabio Barasso and coordinated by the Club Velico Talamone’s Vice-President Alessandro Testa.
The first race of the day, Race 3, was led for four of the five legs by the Japanese Sasai-Ishikawa, but was finally won by the Spaniards Jordi Triay Pons (Menorca) and Luis Mas Barceló (Mallorca) who were able to roll the Japanese from the left side of the course in the final upwind leg. Third on the finish line, Brazilian Alexandre Tinoco-Nicholas Grael Pelican, son and nephew respectively of Lars and Torben Grael.
At the end of Race 3, while still on the water, Jordi Triay Pons (ESP) stated: “The race was very hard with constant wind shifts and changes of direction that we were able to read well. The first three races have been won by three different Spanish crews. This is undoubtedly proof that the level of Snipe Spanish is very high. Let’s see what will happen tomorrow”.
For the second race, Race 4, the wind increased to 11-12 knots. First on the finishing line, the 18 year old Brazilian helmsman Felipe Santa Rita with 19 year old Luis Felipe Meirelles. The two ranked 2nd overall in last week’s Junior World Snipe Championship. Next on the finishing line, Japanese Oi-Sakai and third Luis Soubie-Diego Lipszyc from Argentina.
The World Snipe continues tomorrow with the possibility of completing up to three races. The warning signal for Race 5 is scheduled for Wednesday 23 September at 11 a.m. On the starting line: Argentina (7 teams), Belgium (6), Brazil (9), Columbia (1), Croatia (1), Denmark (1) Ecuador (2), Finland (1), France (2), Great Britain (1), Japan (7), Norway (2), Poland (3), Spain (12), Sweden (2), United States (9) and Uruguay (1). Italy is represented by 16 crews in the Snipe World Championship.
The Race Committee shall attempt to complete 11 races on September 21-26. No more than 3 races shall be sailed per day. On the last day of the regatta, no warning signal will be made after 3.30 pm. Three races are required to be completed to constitute a series. When fewer than 6 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. When from 6 to 8 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score. When 9 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two worst scores.
Prizes shall be awarded to the skipper and crew for the top 10 places. The Commodore Hub E. Isaacks perpetual trophy shall be awarded to the fleet of the winning skipper. The O’Leary Trophy shall be awarded to the crew winning the World Championship. The Earl Elms Perpetual Trophy shall be awarded to the winning skipper of the final race of the World Championship. Prizes will be presented to the best scorer of each day of races. A special prize drawing will take place during the Awards Ceremony. Only crews who are present at the Awards Ceremony will be entered into the prize drawing.
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