July 24, 2012
29er World Championship – Day 2
More racing in varied conditions brought out the best in all the 218 29er teams. The morning fleets were treated to light conditions of 6-8 knots in shifting winds as the sea breeze fought to establish itself. As the seabreeze did finally settle in bringing 12 knots, the afternoon sailors were treated to great planing conditions which skiffs were built for.
The green fleet were first off the beach making up for yesterday’s lost race, then everyone sailed 3 races a piece in their newly shuffled fleets based upon the overall results. Spaniards Carlos Robles and Florian Trittle sailed a 2-1-1 today and seem to be in their ISAF Youth Worlds form. Trittle commented that they have “speed and good starting. If you catch the big shift, you could do well. We’re pretty happy, the conditions were good although a bit light and a bit boring” he said with a laugh. When talking about the qualifying series he commented, “we keep sailing; it’s one point less; every boat is a point and every point is important.” He further commented, “We’re not nervous – we’re more calm and a bit confident.” Great poise for an 18 year old.
Americans Christopher Williford and Kai Freisecke sit in second overall with a 1-2-2 while Noppakao Poonpat and Steven Thomas from Thailand have.
Racing for the qualifying fleet finishes tomorrow, Wednesday, July 25 with three days of the final series beginning Thursday. The prizegiving will be held on Saturday, July 28. Photos available on the Travemuender website; www.travemuender-woche.de Live reports and daily results: www.29erworlds.org Facebook: Int 29er Class.