Classic competition on the Clyde

Action unfolds at the 8 Metre Worlds, with pictures by Marc Turner

Wednesday July 18th 2007, Author: Event Press, Location: United Kingdom
The second day of racing on Tuesday in the International 8 Metre Class World Championship at Rhu in Scotland saw a welcome change in the weather, with sunshine all day, and a south-westerly breeze of around eleven or twelve knots providing two good races for the twenty one yachts from eleven countries competing.

After a postponement Hollandia made a perfect start followed by the local boat, Lafayette. Gefion, from Canada, led at the first mark after a tricky first leg, followed by the Swiss boat, Aluette, then Gefion, Hollandia, and Lafayette.

At the beginning of the third leg the first three boats went one way, and Lafayette the other. When the boats next came together, Lafayette was in the lead from Aluette, with the German boat Wyvern leading the classic boats from the Australians in Saskia and Finns in Windy. Lafayette scored her second win, and Aluette her second runners up spot. Hollandia, a previous champion, was third. Saskia passed Windy to finish once more first of the classic boats, followed by Windy, and the Japanese Aun.

A second race was started after a long delay caused by a shifting wind and a general recall, when virtually the whole fleet was over the starting line early. At the first mark Aluette had a lead which she held throughout the race, chased all the way by Lafayette. Hollandia fought her way up to third place from fifth. Aun was first of the Classic boats.

After three races the Scottish boat Lafayette leads from Aluette. Racing continues until the 21 July.

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