Wednesday 24th July was designated catch-up Wednesday with up to 4 races planned in a forecast 13-18 knots.
Race 3 (which had been abandoned the previous day when the wind failed) was re-sailed under a black flag with a few boats prohibited from taking part under the black flag rule. The main protagonists were at the front again this time joined by Bill Whitney and John Shelton. The conditions for this race were perfect at the start with most of the fleet enjoying fantastic three sail reaches. The wind built as the race progressed however making the reaches on the final lap more challenging. The race was won by McNamara/Townsend followed by the Wilsons and Whitney/Shelton. ...read more
Race 4 was sailed in about 20 knots and was led from start to finish by the Wilsons who demonstrated some blistering speed upwind and down. They were followed home by Whitney/Shelton and Just/Friis. A few of the Bronze fleet boats went home in this race and there were a few capsizes and retirements for other favoured teams.
By the time Race 5 started the wind was gusting at over 20 knots and the sea state was deteriorating once more (more difficult in Mike Mac’s view than Monday’s conditions). This time it was Just/Friis who got away at the start and went on to win followed by McNamara/Townsend. The Wilsons completed the podium. There were more casualties in this race with several boats capsizing on the final run to the finish. Fortunately the support boats were well manned and all teams and their boats were successfully recovered.
With the conditions as they were the PRO chose not to sail Race 6 and the fleet was sent home.
The forecast for Thursday 25th July looked marginal at best with 25-30 knots of breeze. The PRO chose to call a lay day, leaving battered sailors the chance to recover and/or to go sightseeing.
Friday is the last day of the championship. Another windy day is forecast and with the points so close the top competitors will be wanting at least one more chance to seal victory.
Overall results after 5 races and 1 discard (top 4):
1st Mcnamara/Townsend (6 points)
2nd Just/Friis (7)
3rd Andrew/Tom Wilson (9)
4th Whitney/Shelton (15)