The competition may have been scheduled to start on the 27th July at Sotavento but the wind didn\’t appear until the 31st July.
The first day without that light Calima wind brought almost perfect flat conditions on the water, but not a good wind direction. With 22-25 knots it was just sailable on an angle of approx. 135 degrees. This is normally my nightmare conditions with slow speeds, so I am very pleased to be lying second to Karin Jaggi who achieved an impressive 33.25 knots with me just behind on 32.51 knots.
In the Men\’s fleet the lead changed between Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Finian Maynard, Jose Bahadour and Antoine Albeau in the beginning, but Finian had some fast runs with a top speed of 37.34 knots. In the end this was the fastest speed recorded and he was able to hold back Antoine to second place and Jose into third. Cyril Moussilmani finished fourth and Bjorn fifth, but we are sure that he will strike back.
A disappointing day for me with two thrids. I was hoping to make some ground on Valerie Ghibaudo & Karin in the stronger winds, but their two weeks prior slalom racing here has really made a difference. However, there are three more days to go!
The Men\’s Leg 2 ended like this: 1. Patrick Diethelm, 2. Finian Maynard, 3. Anders Bringdal, 4. Antoine Albeau, 5. Ben van der Steen. Bjorn and Antoine both did an impressive 40 knots in the second heat of the day.
The Men\’s Leg 3 results: 1. Bjorn Dunkerbeck, 2. Patrick Diethelm, 3. Antoine Albeau, 4. Finian Maynard, 5. Jose Bahadour.
Zara is sponsored by Gaastra, Tabou, DaKine and the Walnut Grove Clinic and is pictured on the left courtesy of the ISA.
Photo Credit: ISA