Weather shifting at I14 Worlds
Published on August 22nd, 2018
Richmond, CA (August 22, 2018) – After the layday yesterday, there was an air of tension this morning at the boat park of the 2018 International 14 World Championships as things are getting serious and the winds were dropping to create uncertainty and give the lighter crews the chance to hit the front.
After a postponement ten seconds before the start of Race 5, which would have been a general recall, the fleet turned around for the restart. Left or right or up the middle? Most of the fleet hit the left and a few intrepid skiffs went right – left won and plenty hitting the port lay line.
Dan Holman/ Alex Knight (GBR 1556) came in hot and tacked just in front of Andy and Tom Partington (GBR 1559) – their lead didn’t last long as ‘Penguin Dance’ quick stepped over the top of them down the first run.
Tight covering by the Partingtons, father and son duo, allowed the British team to haul in another win – their third in five races. This leaves them fourth overall and discards come into play after the next race.
Currently Neale Jones/ Ed Fitzgerald (GBR 1553) are heading the overall table with two Aussie skiff teams alongside them on the podium for now. The German crew, Georg Borkenstein/ Eike Dietrich (GER 28), built for heavy winds, had a mid fleet performance but still very much in contention (if the breeze follows through as forecasted).
Seven races are planned from August 17 to 24. When 6 or more races have been completed, a boats series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
Source: VR Sport Media