Storm cuts day short at Snipe Worlds
Published on September 23rd, 2015
Talamone, Italy (September 23, 2015) – Heavy duty sailing and good seamanship were called for on day three of the Snipe World Championship organized by the Circolo della Vela Talamone. The fifth race of the series was completed with Mario Calazans-Daniel Seixas (BRA) winning, with the sixth race abandoned when a gale swept through with winds on the race course reaching 26-30 knots. Spaniards Soto Valero-Belmonte Cuenca was dismasted and were towed into port.
After five races with no discard, Luis Soubie – Diego Lipszyc from Argentina are still in the lead with 32 points (4-6-8-3-11). Augie Diaz – Kathleen Tocke (USA) are second at 43 points (12-5-7-15-4). Third place on the provisional scoreboard for Japanese Yuichi Oi-Noriaki Sakai at 60 points (18-29-9-2-2).
“It was a very difficult race, with the wind changing in pressure very often,” said race winner Calanzas. “We were able to tack in the headers, sail close to the wind in the first beat which allowed us to round Mark 1 in the lead. Our speed downwind was excellent and we managed to keep our Japanese and Brazilian friends in check even on the last beat.”
The World Snipe continues tomorrow with the possibility of completing up to three races. The warning signal for Race 6 is scheduled for Thursday 24 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.
Report by Event Media