RUS 76 “RocknRolla” recorded their 3rd straight win today to lead overall after 3 races.
It was a real wet day in Thun as the rain never stopped and the wind eventually died away to nothing…. However, one race was completed, although it required a shortened course on the 2nd upwind leg. Yet again it was the “RocknRolla” team of RUS 76, Dmitry Samohkin, Aleksey Bushuev & Andrey Kirilyuk who proved that yesterday’s two bullets were no fluke. Although they rounded the top mark behind GER 1018, Christof Wieland, it was not long before this top team took the lead and must have breathed a sigh of relief when the Principle Race Officer Bruno Barthlome’ decided to shorten the course.
Just because this tactic paid handsomely yesterday, it was not the way to go today Stavros! 🙁
The wind was similar to conditions of day one, but this time the right hand side proved to be a disaster as the breeze this time filled in from the left. With the mountains covered in mist and the rain continually falling it was not ideal sailing conditions, but the same front runners all made their way to the top of the fleet….
Difficult conditions also downwind as the breeze began to die away, whilst the rain kept falling.
So full praise go to Dmitry and his team, 2nd place went to GER 1018 Christof Wieland, Peter Koenig & Joshua Weber who remain 2nd overall. Whilst GBR 375 “Blue Haze” helmed by Ivan Bradbury, crewed by Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuk finished 3rd and also remain in 3rd place overall…
The forecast for tomorrow (Friday) is not getting any less wet ! However, the long range forecast is for much sunnier and warmer weather by the weekend. This will no doubt please all the competitors in this Swiss National Championship, plus the 38 other teams that are now on their way to boost the European Championship up to a 63 boat total… It should be fun…. 🙂
Higher, Faster, Longer……… Stavros. (GBR 789).
Thanks to Peter Kupferschmied for another assortment of photo’s, much appreciated.