Skunked at Star Worlds
Published on June 20th, 2019
Porto Cervo, Italy (June 20, 2019) – There was no racing today at the Star Class World Championship as light and unstable winds prevented the fourth race from being conducted for the 63-boat fleet.
The Race Committee hoisted the AP Flag right after the morning briefing at 9 AM, lowering it at 1 PM with the first Warning Signal called for 2 PM. But once the fleet reached the race course it became clear that it was going to be more difficult than expected to get this event’s fourth race underway.
After procedures were started once AND then suspended, the fleet waited on the water along with the Race Committee but finally at 3 PM racing was abandoned for the day.
“Today the wind was very shifty and was also not cooperating in terms of velocity,” explained Peter Reggio, Principal Race Officer. “We were ready to start but right in the middle of the sequence we began receiving some really low numbers from the top mark and news about a big left shift, so we stopped there.
“We waited another hour to give the breeze some extra time to fill in for raceable conditions but then we had to abandon for the day and send the fleet back to port.
“I don’t think we’ll have trouble in the upcoming days. Tomorrow we’ll try and get two races in and then we’ll wrap it up with another one on Saturday (June 22). The forecast for both days looks good.”
The forecast for tomorrow calls for breeze from the northeast at 7 to 10 knots. A discard is allowed after four races, and six races are planned from June 17 to 22.
Day Four Results (Top 10 of 63; 3 races)
1, USA Augie Diaz Henry Boenning 10-1-4, 15
2, NOR Elvind Melleby Joshua Revkin 4-11-1, 16
3, POL Mateusz Kusznierewicz Bruno Prada 6-2-11, 19
4, USA Paul Cayard Artur Lopes 19-5-8, 32
5, DEN Jorgen Schoenherr Jan Eli Gravad 11-7-14, 32
6, IRL Torvar Mirsky Robert O’Leary 16-8-10, 34
7, ITA Diego Negri Sergio Lambertenghi 2-16-17, 35
8, ESP Roberto Bermudez De Castro Miguel Fernandez Vasco 3-28-6, 37
9, USA George Szabo Guy Avellon 13-20-5, 38
10, ITA Enrico Chieffi Manlio Corsi 1-26-13, 40