Argentina builds lead at Snipe Worlds
Published on September 24th, 2015
Talamone, Italy (September 24, 2015) – The fourth day of the Snipe World Championship finds Luis Soubie–Diego Lipszyc (ARG) building an impressive lead of 17 points after 6 races and one discard. The challenge could now be for second place as Alvaro Martinez-Gabriel Utera (ESP), Belgian’s Manu Hens-Victor Perez Campos, and Augie Diaz-Kathleen Tocke (USA) are tied on points, with Mateus Tavares-Gustavo Carvalho (BRA) just one point behind.
Only one race was completed today as wind kept oscillating between northerly Tramontana in the morning and northwesterly Mistral.
“The Race Committee did a commendable job today under very trying conditions,” stated Jerelyn Biehl, Executive Director of SCIRA (Snipe Class International Racing Association. “The wind was not only oscillating 10-20 degrees, but also changing in velocity during the race from 10-20 knot puffs. After several attempts for a second race, it was decided to postpone to ensure the sailors would all have better conditions tomorrow.”
“We came here to race as well as we possibly can and must be able to handle every situation,” stated Luis Soubie back on the dock. “Today the wind was very unstable and it was not easy to handle. I believe that the Committee made the right decision by abandoning races that could have been distorted by excessive wind shifts. We have a good lead and the Spaniards who won today could close the gap. We must continue to be focused: the championship is long and there are many races to complete.”
Racing continues tomorrow with the possibility of completing up to three races. The warning signal for Race 7 is scheduled for Friday 25 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