470 World Championship sees sailors from all across the world, reports

Taking advantage of the early morning breeze, the 470 World Championship got an early beginning today to complete 3 races in a breeze of approximately 10-12 knots. The 470 Women started their 5th race at 1005 hours, after 470 Men.
By the end of the day, teams had spent approximately 8 hours on the ocean. Yet another challenge to the day was the camelote plants that made a comeback to the race track in great figures. Their appearance is quite a rare phenomenon because of the storms previous month.Camille Lecointre, the birthday girl, and French crew Helene Defrance raced a dream series this day, 10,1, 6 and carried on to hold the overall lead following 7 races.
Another magnificent day from China’s Lizhu Huang/ Xiaoli Wang, including a victory in race 7 propels them to 2nd overall, with Carly Shevitz/ Sydney Bolger of the United States posting a 6-3-7 to move up to 3rd.

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Etchells World Championships Kicks Off

Racing in the forty-seventh Etchells World Championships started earlier this morning, with Kevin Wilson, Principal Race Officer, selecting to start racing on schedule, with the signal boat situated just off the north west of Ninepins. 43 Etchells began this year’s World Championships in 10-12 kts of true north, on a flat 1.8 nm course. Swiss entry No Dramas as well as Australian entry Highlander, were both over at the start, but came back and cleared the line.

After a twenty-three minute beat, Steve Benjamin’s Scimitar was the very first of an equally split fleet to go the windward mark, before of Phan, Jezebel and Aretas. With freighters and fishing boats adding a little local color, the group went on to use the whole expanse of the race course on the 1st run, dividing equally around the port and starboard gate marks with Scimitar holding onto her spot. Continue reading “Etchells World Championships Kicks Off”