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49er : Day two - Delta Lloyd Regatta 2014 - Medemblik - The Netherlands - Wednesday 21-5-2014 - Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER) maintain the overall lead.
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.


Two races were sailed for the 49er fleet in 6-8 knots. Lukasz Przbytek and Pawel Noval (POL) won the first race and Diego Botin and Pablo Turrado (ESP) the second.

Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER) maintain the overall lead. Ploessel described the day. “The morning was extremely hard. We had super light winds, but we managed to get to the top mark in fourth before they abandoned racing. This afternoon we had more stable winds. We didn't really know which side would be better, but we figured out pretty quickly that the left was favoured and we went to the left a few times and got a tenth and a second place. We are very happy right now, still in first place and looking forward to the racing tomorrow.”

“I like racing when the conditions are always changing, when you have unstable and stable conditions, so all the skills are required. You need to be fast, and have a good look out. Normally we have different winds here in Medemblik, but I don't mind. I just take the weather as it is.”

Botin and Turrado had the best day with a 2, 1 and hold second overall ahead of Frederico Alonso and Arturo Alonso (ESP). Botin said, “In the first race we thought the committee end to the left and recovered to second. In the second race the wind dropped a bit, but was still very stable. We got a good start at the pin and went left very fast, and that was it.”

“We prefer light winds, but we are starting to get faster in the stronger winds.”

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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