Rough work at Star Worlds
Published on July 4th, 2017
Troense, Denmark (July 4, 2017) – After yesterday’s cancellation of sailing at the Star World Championship due to strong winds, a two hour postponement was needed today as strong winds continued to plague the venue. But at 13:30, after a restart, the second race got off with 59 boats on the start line.
With 18 knots at the start, the wind increased during the race, gusting to 24 knots. Despite wind conditions like on day one, there were no broken masts today, but nine boats did not finish the race due to damages on sails or rigging. One of them was American Paul Cayard who had already broken a mast in the first race.
“On the second run, we stuck the whisker pole in the water and nearly broke the mast. One of the spreaders gave way, tore the mainsail and the mast was bent. We managed to get the boat back to the dock with the mast up, took it down and straightened it with the help of Diego Negri and a few others. It is back in the boat and looking good for tomorrow.”
Top three at the finish were Facundo Olezza Baza/ Juan Pablo Engelhard (ARG), Reinhard Schmidt/ Paul Sradnick (GER), and Eivind Melleby/ Joshua Revkin (NOR).
Six races are planed for July 2 through July 8. The schedule, which had July 5 as a Lay Day, has been revised with now two races planned to get the championship back on schedule. If needed, July 9 is being held as a reserve day.
Day Three Results (Top 10 of 70; 2 races)
Source: Mette Heide-Jørgensen