Mears into the lead

On day two of the German 18ft Skiff Grand Prix at Travemuende

Monday July 26th 2010, Author: Frank Quealey, Location: Germany

Day two conditions were much better than those experienced by teams on day one of the German 18ft Skiff Grand Prix at Travemuende.

Generally, the wind was around 14 knots, although there were some lighter and stronger wind periods and less wave problems for the scheduled three races. With some expected gusts of 25 knots, only the Hungarian European champion Liberty Sailing Team, skippered by Miklos Ujhelyi-Gaspar, elected to go with their big rig while the rest decided to play safe.

The British Pica team, skippered by James Mears, won the first race from day one leader GP Covers (Flemming Clausen) of Denmark. The Hungarians struggled with their big rig to finish third ahead of the leading German team Magic Marine, skippered by Norbert Peter.

The second race saw the Magic Marine team get a good start which allowed it to lead at the first mark. Unfortunately, the skiff capsized in a sudden gust on the two-sail reach to the second mark and the team had to watch as the whole fleet sailed past.

Pica was showing great form in the conditions and the Brits went on to an easy win.

The decreasing wind in race three was ideal for the Hungarian Liberty Sailing Team and their big rig. They scored an impressive win over GP Covers and Pica.

At the end of the day's racing, the overall ranking shows Pica leading on 22 points, followed by GP Covers with 25 and Friedel Renner, from Germany, on 47 points.

Day three conditions are expected to produce light winds which could bring some interesting tactical racing.

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