The final leg of the Yellow Sea International Yacht Race has now come to an end and it was a long way back for the competing sailors. The leg from Qingdao to Incheon lasted nearly three days and had a range of conditions.
Yellow Sea International Yacht Race 2012
At first it started with light winds close to Qingdao and continued with stormy weather and gusts reaching 30 knots. Both boats and crew were tested in the strong winds and many where those that had damages.
As the boats were getting closer to Incheon, the wind started to drop again and slowed down the pace of the race. Irene had a safe lead from the very beginning and their tactics were very good. Elena had an even better leg strategy planned and when the wind dropped, they chose to go Sound in order to set the spinnaker and then pinched up in order to enter the low pressure system. The strong winds that followed got them in second place behind Irene. Haemaru finished in third place and now everyone awaits the corrected times that will judge the final winner of the 2012 Yellow Sea International Yacht Race.
Yellow Sea Race website