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Laser Men: Day two - Delta Lloyd Regatta 2014 - 21-5-2014 - Nicholas Heiner (NED) consolidated his lead - HEINER Nicholas
Light winds disrupts schedule on second day at Delta Lloyd Regatta

An almost complete programme of races was completed on the second day of the Delta Lloyd Regatta despite the best intentions of the fickle weather to disrupt proceedings. After Tuesday's near perfect start to the regatta, Wednesday didn't quite go to plan with light winds delaying racing by five hours.

The first fleets were released from shore at 10.15, but they were all back within an hour as what wind there was, failed to stabilise enough to allow racing. A long wait ensued before they were again sent out at 14.00 in an attempt to keep to the schedule, with the wind finally filling in at around 8-9 knots. The fleets for the second set of starts were released from the shore at 16.00 while the first fleets were completing their final races. The last fleet, the 2.4 mR, came shore at 20.30 having completed their two races.

It was a great day for the Polish sailors who continued to dominate with wins in the RS:X men and women's fleets and in the 49er. Nicholas Heiner (NED) extended his lead in the Laser, while Marit
Bouwmeester (NED) took the lead in the Laser Radial. The young German Finn sailors carried on sailing well with Eike Martens (GER) winning one of the two races sailed, while Franck Cammas and
Sophie de Turckheim (FRA) won two races in the highly competitive Nacra 17 fleet to take the overall lead. In the Skud 18, Alexandra Rickhaam and Niki Burrell (GBR) sailed a perfect day with two bullets to maintain their lead.

At one point today, any quality racing looked quite unlikely, but in the end only a few races were lost, and the races that were held were of a very good quality with a stable wind of between 6 and 10 knots for most races.

Laser

Picking up where he left off on Tuesday, Nicholas Heiner (NED) consolidated his lead in the Laser with a race win followed by a fifth place. He said, “It was a difficult day because of the lack of wind. My first race was very good. The second one was more unpredictable, the wind was gone at the start. Overall I am very satisfied. I hope there will be more wind tomorrow. While we were waiting I went out on the water in a 49er. That was nice, better than staying on shore.’’
Sam Meech (NZL) won the fourth race to remain in second overall, while Andy Maloney (NZL) moves up one place to third.

Racing for all fleets continues Thursday at 10.00.
Full results for each class can be found at: http://results.deltalloydregatta.org/

Photo : Delta Lloyd Regatta 2014 / © Guilain GRENIER |
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