Late finish on the Bosphorus
Competitors had to wait until 16:30 local time for the breeze to fill and then when the gun went a blaze of dinghies sailed off into the early evening sunshine to try and get at least one race completed. The breeze filled to around seven knots on the three courses but it remained puffy and made for a long day on the water for the race officials trying to set their courses as well as around 350 young sailors.
The RS:X boys and girls did complete two more races and the 29ers likewise but the Laser Radial fleets and the SL 16 Sirena cats only managed one race as did the 420 boys and girls who had to be towed ashore as darkness fell across the Marmara Bay.
Two more races for the RS:X fleets today in the light and shifty conditions. Yesterday’s leader Ofir Halevy (ISR) continues to show her opposition a clear pair of heels scoring another bullet and a third to open up a comfortable six point lead. She has now won three out of four races. Charalambia Antonatou of Greece also had a good day with a win and a second to jump into second overall.
Four time Olympic medallist Alessandra Sensini (ITA) watching from a coach boat advised: “There was quite a bit of current on the course, it was gusty and shifty, it was very important to get a good start and choose the right side of the course.”
The young windsurfers had to work very hard almost constantly pumping their sails to push their boards around the course. In the boys division Wonwoo Cho of Korea was joined at the top of the scoreboard by Mateo Sanz of Spain level on 10 points. RS:X Youth European bronze medallist Omer Sofer of Israel holds onto third spot.
The two 420 classes had the farthest distance to travel to get to their start and after a number of course changes only managed one race in the fading breeze returning under tow after dark at 21:00 hrs local time.
The Austrians Lara Vadlau and Hannah Hanke came second to take the lead in the 420 girls, whilst the Swiss girls Linda Fahrhi and Maja Siegenthalter hold onto their second spot with the French girls Maelenn Lemaitre and Aloise Retornaz advancing up the leader board to take third spot on the podium.
There was no real change in the top section of the 420 boys division with the Japanese boys Hiroki Yamaguchi and Tetsuya Isozaki holding onto their lead three points ahead of the Spanish crew of Jordi Xammar and Joan Herp and the Portuguese pairing Jao Villas Boas and Tomas Camelo.
In the SL16 Open multihull event one of the pre-event medal favourites, Chase Lurati and Paul Darmanin of Australia have taken a narrow lead with consistent placing’s from the Danish pair Daniel Bjornholt and Nicolaj Bjornholt and the French team of Antoine Dljou and Guillaume le Croq.
The 29ers raced two races closer to the shore and having completed five races are able to discard their worst result. This has had an effect on the overall placing’s with the USA crew of Antoine Screve and James Moody dropping a 15th in race three and counting top three positions in all their other races. Gael Jaffrezic and Julien Bloyet (FRA) won the first race of the day and followed up with a second in race two to keep the pressure on the Americans.
Gael Jaffrezic explained, “We went to the pool to relax until we were called to go out. We had to concentrate hard during the race. It was difficult because it was very shifty. If we are down in around 10th place or higher we have to focus to find ways to overtake the fleet.”
In the Laser boys class the local local nation’s representative Levent Ahiskali (TUR) has opened up a commanding lead in the Laser boys event with a second in the only race of the day. Herman Tomasgaard (NOR) started well and held the lead all around the course to win today’s race and jump from 10th to second overall with Ard Van Aanholt all the way from Netherlands Antilles claiming the bronze position. Apart from Ahiskali most of the sailors counted a double digit placing so the testing conditions are obviously proving tough for the biggest fleet on the racecourse.
Tomasgaard explained his improvement today, “I like light winds, I go fast because I am light in weight. I had a really good start and the right side of the course looked good so took it and led the fleet around the top mark, I just needed to cover the fleet.”
The Laser girls had a very close finish in their only race of the day with a big bunch of boats crossing the finish line at the same time keeping the race officials on their toes. Despite finishing 20th in the only race of the day, Chiarra Steinmuller (GER) holds onto a narrow lead from Michelle Broekhuizen (NED) who jumps up from eighth yesterday. The biggest surprise of the day was the winner of today’s race Maria Cristina Boabaid from Florianopolis in Brazil who won having recorded a 35th and 15th in the first two races yesterday, scored a bullet in today’s race.
Maria explains, “I started well to round the first mark in second and just had to chase down the other competitors. It was light and shifty but I like these conditions, they are similar to where I sail at home and I hope for the same after the layday tomorrow.”
All results are provisional as a number of protest decisions are outstanding at the time of going to press - full results here.
Tuesday is a lay day with a boat trip to Bosphorus planned. Racing resumes on Wednesday with another three races scheduled for all fleets.