16 April 2016 The regatta is back on schedule! Despite a late start due to light, midday winds, the Race Committee re-sailed the race that was abandoned yesterday (R4-Blue) and completed both races scheduled for today (R5 & R6 for both the Yellow & Blue fleets).
Race 4 for yesterday’s Blue fleet started cleanly in a southwesterly breeze of 8 knots and clearing skies. The wind filled, and clocked right about 10 degrees, before R5 started cleanly for the Yellow fleet. A general recall, leading to a restart, held back the start of the race for the Blue fleet. Fleet splits were based on results through Race 3, from yesterday.
The wind continued to build as the skies cleared, reaching about 15 knots in the late afternoon. Both fleets completed Race 6, despite several general recalls, although this kept the competitors (and the race committee!) on the water into the early evening.
Today’s results have shuffled the top of the score sheet, and, with five races completed, each competitor can discard one race from the total score.
Marit Bouwmeester (NED) has moved to the top, with four wins and the discard of her high finish in the first race. Paige Railey (USA) has moved up into second. Her teammate, Erika Reinecke (USA), the previous regatta leader, used her discard for the over-early disqualification from one of today’s races.
Tomorrow (the fourth day of racing) is the final day of qualifying races, which determine the split between the Gold and Silver fleets for the remaining three days of the competition.
15 April 2016 - Both qualifying fleets completed one of the two scheduled races today, but the second race of the Blue fleet was abandoned as the wind died in the late afternoon. This race will be re-sailed tomorrow.
Light winds delayed the start of the first race until just before 1400h, only an hour after the scheduled time. The breeze increased through the afternoon, and shifted several times, as low clouds approached. But as the clouds passed, they took the wind with them. Race Committee abandoned that race as the wind continued to decrease.
But with one more completed race for both fleets, Erika Reinecke (USA) maintained her lead with a third place finish. Isabella Maegli (GUA) and Lijia Xu (CHN) dropped back, allowing Gintare Scheidt (LTU) to move up into second place, followed by Paige Railey (USA). But it is still early in the event, and there are many more races to be sailed.
Overcast skies, and less than typical winds are expected for the next day or two. After that, the organizers and competitors are looking forward to clear skies, and building thermals, and the racing should be even more exciting!
14 April 2016 - Light winds under hazy skies on Banderas Bay delayed the start of the first day of races, but both qualifying fleets completed two races, as scheduled. The first fleet started cleanly in a southwestern wind of about five knots. The second fleet was delayed by a general recall, and then a postponement as the wind shifted right and the race committee adjusted the marks, but started cleanly under a black flag restriction.
The wind increased through the afternoon, reaching fifteen knots by the end of the day. In general, the winds shifted to the right as they built. The race committee called for a change course for several of the legs during the afternoon. In one race, many sailors found that they had overstood the weather mark on starboard tack and were reaching in, losing distance to those who had stayed closer to the middle of the course.
Competition was tight, but at the end of the first day, Erika Reinecke (USA), Isabella Maegli (GUA), and Lijia Xu (CHN) are leading the fleet, based on provisional results. Two more races are scheduled for both fleets tomorrow, the second of the four qualifying race days.