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Gaastra 52 World Championships 2013 - Racing abandoned as wind fails

by Jacaranda Marketing on 8 Mar 2013
Gaastra World Championship 52 Super Series Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
Gaastra 52 World Championships 2013. Racing at the TP52 Worlds off South Beach Miami had to be abandoned today, Thursday, when the light, fickle breezes proved too little to complete a fair race.

Race 5 of the series was started and ran in very light, streaky and shifty conditions. After over an hour and within only 300 metres of the shortened finish line at the second top mark, Tony Langley’s Gladiator was ahead of the pack when the time limit cruelly expired. Mark Blees’ Gaastra Pro crew with John Cutler (NZ) calling tactics was on course for a second place – which could have been the best of the regatta so far - when the abandon signal was sounded.

A short wait in the warm Miami sunshine followed before it became clear that there was little prospect of an increase in breeze and so the eight boat fleet was sent back to the dock.

Several teams filed for redress in their belief that the leg length was not as it was supposed to be and that there were other procedural anomalies, but the International Jury dismissed the requests.

Chris Larson (USA) tactician of Gladiator (GBR) outlined their request: 'There were several things. The course distance was longer than it was supposed to be, about a tenth and a half longer than it should have been. There were two ways to read the time limit, as well as other things.'

'It was always going to be two breezes fighting each other. I told the boys we would see a lot of crazy stuff going on today and we had just that. It was tough.'

John Cutler remained objective on the outcome of the redress request: 'It was a light and shifty race which had worked out well for us. We managed to find a few shifts and sail quite a nice race. As we were coming up to what was looking likely to be a good finish for us the time limit expired. Now we have just been in the protest room looking for redress but the Jury has found the facts that the race committee can abandon if they feel the race will not finish within the time limit. That is what the rules say and we will move on.'

Winds are expected to be more favourable Friday, the penultimate day of racing. As it stands championship leaders remain Rán Racing who leads by one point from Azzurra with Quantum Racing in third just one point back.

Gaastra 52 World Championships, Results after four races.

1.) Rán Racing (Zennström, SWE) 10pts (7,1,1,1)
2.) Azzurra (Roemmers, ITA) 11 pts (1,2,3,5)
3.) Quantum Racing (De Vos, USA) 12pts (3,4,2,3)
4.) Gladiator (Langley, GBR) 17pts (2,6,5,4)
5.) Vesper (Swartz, USA) 19pts (5,5,7,2)
6.) Interlodge (Fragomen, USA) 22pts (4,7,4,7)
7.) Rio (Moshayedi, USA) 25pts (8, 3,8,6)
8.) Gaastra-Pro (Blees, NED) 28pts 52 Super Series website

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