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J24 World Championship - Racing abandoned on day 2

by Graham Smith on 28 Aug 2013
Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, Ireland; Tuesday 27th August 2013: The fleet of 40 boats at the start racing off Howth on day two of the BMW J24 World Championships before racing was abandoned due to lack of wind. The programme will continue for the rest of the week until Friday’s final when fresher conditions have been forecast. David Branigan/Oceansport
A lack of wind and strong tides played havoc on day two of the BMW J24 World Championship at Howth Yacht Club (near Dublin, Ireland), leaving Principal Race Officer David Lovegrove with no alternative but to abandon racing.

A six knot north-westerly breeze allowed the third race of the series to be started eventually but once the boats rounded the windward mark, the wind dropped away and a north-flowing flood tide meant the entire fleet was left motionless, with no chance of a finish.

After a delay of almost three hours, continued windless conditions forced abandonment for the day.

With the two races sailed on the first day the only ones to count so far, Keith Whittemore from Seattle still heads the overall rankings by two points from defending champion Mauricio Santa Cruz of Brazil.

Racing is expected to resume on Wednesday (28th).

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