Swan One Design World Championships at Scarlino, Tuscany – Day 2
Unstable weather conditions on the Tuscan coast forced a shortened racing programme today at the Swan One Design Worlds.
With just one windward/leeward race completed, the impressive starts and performances from today’s winners – Onegroup (ClubSwan 50), Motions (Swan 45) and Cetilar-Vitamina (ClubSwan 36) – proved decisive in reshaping the respective Class leaderboards.
The Race Committee, led by Ariane Mainemare, did an excellent job in providing a window for one race to be held, before ensuring crews returned safely to the marina as a thunderstorm approached.
During two days of racing, the 26 competing crews have not only had to contend with an incredible level of competition but complex, shifty conditions.
Today provided another example of engrossing Swan One Design racing with crews needing to be on top of their game to read the wind and find the incremental gains to outdo world-class opposition.
Following an erratic performance yesterday, which saw a bullet sandwiched between a tenth and eleventh placed finish, Stefan Heidenreich’s former world champion Onegroup (Germany) began the day in determined fashion dominating proceedings.
Despite her poorest performance in the regatta, ninth, Marcus Brennecke’s Hatari continues to lead the competition although rival German entry Niramo has reduced the gap to two points. The top four remains unchanged from yesterday.
ClubSwan 50 Leaderboard:
1. Hatari (Ger) 17 points
2. Niramo (Ger) 19 pts
3. Skorpidi (Rus) 20 pts
4. Earlybird (Ger) 20 pts
5. Onegroup (Ger) 20 pts
Motions (Netherlands) has claimed sole leadership of the Swan 45 worlds.
“Three to four boats are aiming for the title,” reflected Motions tactician Jes Gram-Hansen before today’s action.
“After a tricky day yesterday, our aim is to get a jump on K-Force,” he added.
Swan 45 Leaderboard:
1. Motions (Ned) 5 points
2. K-Force (Ned) 7 pts
3. Ange Transparent (Sui) 10 pts
Top performer yesterday, Andrea Lacorte’s Cetilar-Vitamina (Italy) extended her lead in the overall standings following another excellent day on the water. Despite a valiant effort from Sixth Sense (Italy) she held the lead for almost the entire 52-minute windward/leeward race.
Cetilar-Vitamina’s lead is the most commanding across the three classes – 6 points.Sease lies second. The ClubSwan 36 fleet are competing for the Gold Cup.
ClubSwan 36 Leaderboard:
1. Cetilar-Vitamina (Ita) 5 points
2. Sease (Ita) 11 pts
3. Goddess (Ger) 15 pts