No wind Neustadt

Melges 24 Europeans puton hold for today

Wednesday August 22nd 2007, Author: Fiona Brown, Location: United Kingdom
At 1530 hours the Race Committee of the Melges 24 Europeans at Baltic Race Week in Neustadt announced that it would not be possible to run any races on day five of the championship. Since early this morning the 74 teams from 14 nations had been waiting and watching the weather but sadly the conditions were never stable enough to send the boats afloat. Around 1500 the wind did start to increase a little and hopes were raised, but with the stronger wind came bad visibility and then rain plus the high likelyhood of thunderstorms which were already travelling towards Nuestadt. The severe threat of thunderstorms meant that there was no option but to abandon racing on safety grounds.

For tomorrow's final day of the championship the start time for the first signal has been brough forward to 1000 and the NRV's Race Committee hopes to run two final races to complete championship. There is a 1600 final start time cut off but if the weather gods cooperate it should be comfortably possible to complete two more races.

Away from the race course there was one interesting overnight development which affects the overall top three placings. In race six Italy's Sandro Montefusco sailing Cesar Bressan's Airis was black flagged, pushing them down into third place behind leader Favio Favini, helming Blu Moon for Switzerland's Franco Rossini and second placed Lorenzo Bressani sailing Uka Uka. Back ashore Montefusco put in a protest requesting the reversal of this decision and redress on the basis that the pin end boat was not anchored and was not holding station in the rough conditions. The jury found in his favour and awarded him average points taking him back up into second place. Fellow Italian Stefano Cherin, sailing Se Godemo, also applied for redress on the same basis and was similarly awarded average points moving him up from 26th overall to 21st.

Going into tomorrow's final day Flavio Favini leads the Melges 24 European Championship on 14 points, Sandro Montefusco is second with 20.8 points and Lorenzo Bressani is in third with 25 points. The Corinthian standings for the all amateur crews remain unchanged with Tonu Toniste leading on 13 points, Mario Ziliani second on 18 points and Hendrik Witzmann third on 24 points.

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