After yesterdays´ layday, sailors and organizers are rested and ready for the final days off the 8 metre World Cup.
There have been excellent racing sofar in condition varying from light, 6-8 knots, tobristering 16-20 in building seas. The Hankø course is difficult to sail, even for the home teams, as the current coming from
river Glomma gives the left tackers a lee bow advantage, which tends to be countered by a veering wind on the
right side. What is giving the sailors most advantage is the eternal question.
After six good races it is evident that the 2014 built Faroux designed «Miss U» is on a steady course towards the 2017 World Cup,
although she has been beaten twice so far in the series by aging beauties from the Sira Class (boats built prior to 1960).
Therefore there real competition is in this class which provides exceptionally close racing between the top boats. The fight for
glory in this class is between «Pandora», ex «Raven», Wernes Deuring, AUT, Lars Ingebergs «Wanda», NOR King Haralds «Sira»
and «Bangalore» steered by olympic medalist Terry McLaughlin, CAN. Whereas «Bangalore» seems to thrive in light airs and being
less comfortable in the stronger breeze, the others seem to go well in all conditions.
Yesterday gave the home crowds something to cheer about, when in the last race the fight for the top position in the Sira class
provided extremely close and exiting races between «Wanda», «Sira» and the 1930 Bjarne Aas design «If», Tom Knutsen, NOR.
They were all leading at one point, and at the finish, only seconds kept them apart. You will not find closer racing even in the strictest
one design classes.
In the Neptune Class for boats qualifying in the Sira Class but are restricted to use dacron sails and non self tailing winches, the fight is
between, «Carron II», Angelo Mazzarello, SUI, «Saskia», Allan Manuel, GBR and «Falcon», Jan Willem, NED.
«Elfe II». Andi Lochbrunner GER is lading the gaff rigged First Rule boats.
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