For some, on this final competition day, it was a tense wait as the postponement flag fluttered under cloudy skies in anticipation of afternoon wind which eventually provided good conditions for three races, making a total of 13 in all for the championship.[more]
Fernando Consorte (ARG-355) was undisputed champion, a good 14 points clear of Udo Schenker (BRA-172) who took second place on the podium. Third placed Fernando Olmos (ARG-351) was unable to sustain his challenge dropping back to 5 points behind Udo.
There is no doubt that all the competitors and spectators, both local and foreign, have thoroughly enjoyed the Paracas winds and calm seas in the bay making for excellent and entertaining competition racing. Everyone involved both on shore and on the water are to be congratulated for providing a great championship.
Daily Round Up in Brief:
Day 0 of the championships saw the start of registration, rigging and training, a practice race and an opening ceremony with dinner.
The following day it was down to the serious business of championship racing in 3 classes – Raceboard, RS:X and Techno 293 – where 2 races were completed for all.
It was a fantastic start for Fernando Consorte (ARG) in the Raceboard class with two bullets already on day one.
A frustrating start to racing on Day Two. First there was a delay waiting for the breeze to pick up in the afternoon, and then the first race of the day had to be abandoned as it was unlikely that a sailor would be able to finish within the time limit. However, conditions improved and the race committee were able to complete 2 back to back races before the day’s end.
Fernando Consorte (ARG) did not have it all his own way today; Udo Schenker (BRA) won the first race of the day keeping the competition alive in the Raceboard fleet.
A beautiful, sunny, blue sky day, about 22C with wind on day 3. After a short delay waiting for the breeze to pick up late in the morning, one race was completed before lunch. Time allowed the wind to settle into the anticipated pattern for the afternoon session. A further 2 back to back races were completed before the day’s end in winds around 18-20 knots.
Fernando Consorte (ARG) now had a commanding lead over second placed Udo Schenker (BRA) in the Raceboard fleet overall ranking after 7 races.
The morning of day four had been cloudy, cold and windless. A long wait for competitors keen to make their mark on this championship until the wind finally came in at 1500. Some sun was shining through the fog as it dispersed, heralding good winds for three races during the afternoon.
Absolutely no doubt that Fernando Cornsorte from Argentina was safe at the top of the leaderboard in the Raceboard fleet with a perfect 9 points after ten races. He excels in strong winds. Keen competition behind him though as Fernando Olmos, also from Argentina, beat the Brazilian Udo Schenker in every race and ended the day just one point behind. No doubt he would be hopeful of similar conditions on the final day to drive him up to second place overall.
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