The wind caused enormous difficulties to the 49ers. The fleet that made its debut on Cascais 2007 Worlds is divided into four groups but only two of them managed to complete the day program. The red and green fleet is scheduled to begin the day earlier tomorrow with races beginning at 10am.
The overall will only be announced tomorrow after these two races.
“This was the first time that I have sailed under these conditions in Cascais. The wind was up and down from 5 to 20 knots in a short period, completely atypical. This way the classifications are unpredictable and almost impossible to maintain high performance.
The women today were racing on course 5. Although there was little wind on shore on the race area they started on time in 12knots of breeze.
Championship leader Lijia Xu (CHN) led at the top mark but had to withdraw as she had broken a blag flag start.
A fourth in the second heat has maintained her position overall. However Tania Calles Elias Wolf (MEX) had a memorable day scoring to race wins to move her into second overall trailing Xu on a countback. Sophie De Truckenheim(FRA) moved to third overall nine points behind the two leaders.
The British Armada still dictates the rules amongst the ladies. The British lead with two crews the overall with Sarah Ayton(GBR) leading over Shirley Robertson(GBR). Sally Barkow (USA) is third. This was a very hard day for all crews with strong winds on the most feared race course 5.
The Russians lead by Anna Basalkina won the first race of the day, and the Americans lead by Sally Barkow the second race.
The polish team had a knockout premiere in Cascais waters. Przemek Miarczynski (POL) and Zofia Klepacka (POL) won both races on each class and both lead the overall. The Italian veteran Alessandra Sensini (ITA) also had na excellent debut winning both races of her group. Third overall is this Spanish Marina Alabau (ESP).
THE TORNADO AND STAR FLEET ENJOYED THE LAY DAY.
photos Janos Schmidt