Very Variable at Para World Champs
Published on June 22nd, 2017
Kiel, Germany (June 22, 2017) – After the opening day of the 2017 Para World Sailing Championships was blessed with gorgeous sunshine and a 7-9 knot breeze, albeit shifty, today was a massive contrast.
The day had a bit of everything. There were grey skies, heavy showers and no breeze in the morning. Moving into the afternoon, a sudden sunny spell was coupled with a heavy breeze, gusting up to 25 knots. The breeze declined as the afternoon played out before dropping off completely and bringing another rain shower to put an end to the day.
Only the Open 2.4 Norlin OD, One Person Keelboat, managed to sail, and they completed one race in variable 5-16 knot southerly breeze.
The race victory went the way of Bjørnar Erikstad from Norway who moves up into sixth overall. He was followed by Damien Seguin, Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist. Seguin subsequently moves into first overall, overtaking Daniel Bina (CZE) who discards his 13th.
An ever-changing breeze really tested the 2.4 Norlin OD competitors in their single race and the breeze was as variable as it comes.
Erikstad managed to get a clean start in the middle of the line with space around him. Those starting at the pin end of the line found themselves in a bit of a cluster allowing the Norwegian some space.
With clean air in his sails Erikstad was able to control the pack in the middle of the race course on the first upwind leg. His superior speed over his rivals ensured he rounded ahead of the chasing fleet.
Erikstad had Seguin in his shadow in the first part and middle section of the race but towards the finish Erikstad began to stretch and he crossed the finish line 23 seconds ahead.
Australia’s Matt Bugg and Germany’s Heiko Kroger followed through in third and fourth respectively.
Kroger occupies the final podium spot after three races with Bugg just two points off.
The 2.4 Norlin OD fleet were unable to get a further race in as the Men’s and Women’s Hansa 303 fleets were sent out on to the water to attempt to squeeze in a race.
However, the wind had completely disappeared by the time they reached the racing area and they were sent in for the evening.
Racing will commence racing at 12:00 local time on Friday June 23 and three races are scheduled for all three fleets as they attempt to catch up on a day lost.
Racing is planned from June 21 to 25.
Source: World Sailing