Stage is set for the final showdown – Day 5 – IFDS Worlds
Saturday, August 23, 2014 – Halifax, NS
On the eve of championship day, the boat park was bustling bright and early today. In non-typical fashion, the Halifax sea breeze has not been filling in during late afternoons thus the race committees bumped up start times this morning in an attempt to capture the best breeze of the day.
2.4mR sailors launched first for an 11am start, while the SKUDs & Sonars had a 12-noon gun start. Three races were scheduled to make up for the lack of racing on Wednesday & Thursday. The breeze proved to be a bit stronger today with bands of pressure & some shifts moving through each course.
Canadian SKUD’s John McRoberts/Jackie Gay sailed 3 races with a big comeback in their first race, climbing from 11th at their first mark to 5th at the finish. Their second race they finished 4th followed by an 8th, hanging onto 4th overall and still within the country berth quota.
2.4mR fleet also sailed three races in the northerly breeze, with Bruce Millar scoring a 14, 6, 21 on the day. He moves up a spot in 9th overall. Heiko Kroeger (GER), Damien Seguin (FRA) & Helena Lucas (GBR) round out the top 3.
Canadian Sonar team Tingley/Campbell/Lutes had their toughest day sailing their drop race (12), meaning that score will be discarded and won’t count against their overall points. In Race 2, the trio picked the less favorable side of the course proving quite costly, placing 9th and moving back into 2nd place overall. Jourdren/Vimont-Vicary (FRA) sneaks into first with only a 4-point lead ahead of Canada. Australians Harris/Harrison are only one point behind Tingley in 3rd. Team Tingley are very optimistic and revving their engines for the final race tomorrow!
Tomorrow marks the finale of this World Championship event with a scheduled 2 races along with the long-anticipated prize giving, allocations of Rio berths & closing ceremonies at 1800 at RNSYS.
Logan Campbell’s comedic race strategy on Day 5 @IFDS Worlds!
Photo credit: Tim Wilkes.com
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