49er European and Youth World Championship Day 4 - Shifty conditions
by Jerelyn Biehl on 13 Sep 2012
On the 49er European and Youth World Championship fourth day the thunder rumbled between the mountains as the 49ers clocked three races each for the Gold and Silver fleets on Lake Garda. Sailing out of Fraglia Vela Riva, one race was held in light conditions with an 8:30am start and the fleet sent back to shore once the rain began. After a few hours postponement, both fleets returned to their courses with better wind conditions but still lots of rain, to continue the series where two races were completed per fleet.
49er fleet - 49er European and Youth World Championship 2012 Elena Giolai ©
The first day of the Fleet series, the sailors began with a clean slate. Tomasz Januszweski and Jacek Nowak (POL) reveled in the conditions and stayed consistent with a 2-4-3 to hold the lead in the Gold fleet. Recent 2012 Bronze medallist Allan Norregaard with new crew Anders Thomsen (DEN) sit in second overall after a 4-7-4. Norregaard and Thomsen have raised eyebrows with a unconventional form of crewing which landed them in the jury room last night. Found to be legal, Norregaard further commented after today’s racing; 'We had a really good, fun day today. We had a new technique that we’ve been practicing on before and today we got to use it. We stand on top of each other so we get the weight really far out and it seems to be working here on Lake Garda in these stable conditions. From 15-20 knots it’s been working pretty well.' It looks more like a circus act as Norregaard climbs atop Thomsen’s shoulders and both trapeze while Thomsen steers from the hull.
Anders Thomsen added, 'We had really light breeze and couldn’t use the technique this morning, but this afternoon we had 15-16 knots, gusting to 25 with the thunderclouds.' He continued that, 'One race we were leading by 500 meters and the wind disappeared, we ended up seventh; it was a bit shifty.'
Third overall are Jan Hauke Erichsen and Max Lutz (GER) with a 14-2-4, also the top Youth team. Leading the Silver fleet are Belgians Yannick Lefebvre and Matthieu Janssens.
Racing continues today. The final series will be held in Theatre style with a four-round knock-out style racing and a Grand Final series to be held on the last day with the final four Event website
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