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Wins for Shaolin and Ali Baba, but Artemis XIV extends at 5.5 Metre Worlds

Artemis XIV (NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Anders Pedersen) has extended their lead to nine points with just two races to sail at the 2020 5.5 Metre World Championship, at the Royal Prince Alfred YC, in Newport, Australia.

New Moon II (BAH 24, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) is up to second while Girls on Film (GBR 40, Peter Morton, Andrew Palfrey, Andrew Mills) is up to third. The race wins on the fourth day went to Shaolin (SUI 226, Cyrus Golchan, Andreas Kindlimann, Hans von Werdt) and Ali Baba (BAH 23, Craig Symonette, Flavio Marrazi, Will Alloway).

Despite some forecasts predicting good conditions all day it turned into a largely bumpy, sloppy day with more rain than most Australians have seen in the last three months. The southerly also brought lots of smoke to Pittwater again, one of the worst days of the past few weeks. Combined with the low cloud and rain fronts, it was a gloomy and dark day, with bad visibility for much of the day. The first race got away in 7-8 knots but for most of the race this was down to 3-4 knots with painfully slow progress through the huge waves left over from Saturday’s southerly change and strong winds.

Highlights from Day 3 of the 2020 5.5 Metre World Championship in Newport, Australia

High seas stop racing on third day of 5.5 Metre World Championship

High seas, following a very strong overnight southerly change, stopped all racing on Day 3 of the 2020 International 5.5 Metre World Championship, at the Royal Prince Alfred YC, in Newport, Australia.

The overnight change brought a strong southerly wind early morning, much reduced temperatures and rain. At the scheduled race time there were 2-3 metre high breaking waves, and the fleet was held onshore for 2 hours to wait for the sea state to abate. Bravado from some sailors to go sailing did not influence the race officer, who was prepared to wait it out. So the fleet waited around the club all morning in the hope that racing would take place in the afternoon.

Finally, with the wind still whistling through the rigging, though it was only 18-22 knots on the course area, the fleet was released from the club for a 14.00 start time. However before long they were back. As the race committee boat rounded Barrenjoey Head, it became apparent that racing would not be viable due to the heavy and confused seas and everyone was sent back to the club for an earlier than planned German class dock party. 

Artemis XIV and New Moon II share spoils on Day 2 of 5.5 Metre World Championship

 

Artemis XIV (NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Anders Pedersen) was again the boat of the day at the 2020 International 5.5 Metre World Championship, in Newport, Australia, to lead the fleet after the second day of racing. Artemis XIV opened the day with a huge race win, before 2018 World Champions, New Moon II (BAH 24, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) took the second race of the day.

With a building north-easterly forecast, the fleet set out on time to clearing skies and rising temperatures. Race 2 started in 8-10 knots and Race two in 10-14 knots with the full northeaster only beginning to fill in on the final upwind to around 16 knots, followed by a great sail downwind into Broken Bay in the increasing breeze. Temperatures also built during the day to around 30 degrees. Pretty much everyone returned to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, happy and satisfied after a great day of sailing.

 

Artemis XIV picked up where they left off on Thursday with an emphatic win in Race 2, leading at every mark and extending away from the fleet. Behind them, there was a battle between three or four boats in the light wind and long legs. Eventually Ali Baba (BAH 23, Craig Symonette, Flavio Marrazi, Will Alloway) emerged in second with Ku-Ring-Gai II (AUS 60, Matt Crawford, Rob Crawford, Matt Visser) sailing a great last beat to finish third in their first event together as a team.

With the wind increasing the front-runners changed, with New Moon II finding some pace to round the top mark just a boatlength ahead of Artemis XIV. It remained even down the first run, but with the left increasingly paying in the building breeze they moved head and extended on the second downwind and up again to the finish for a win of nearly a minute. Fellow Bahamians John B (BAH 22, Gavin McKinney, Mathias Dahlman, Lars Horn Johannessen) also sailed a great final upwind to cross second while Artemis XIV was third.

Mathias Dalhman, from John B said, “Our day was quite good and a huge improvement from yesterday. We started with a fourth and then got a second. It was good racing. The big change today was that we were on the line at the start and yesterday we weren’t and it much easier when you are sailing with the gang.”

“Sailing here in Pittwater is amazing. It was champagne sailing and we are looking forward to the rest of the regatta.”

Highlights from Day 2 of the 2020 5.5 Metre World Championship in Newport, Australia

2020 5.5 Metre World Championship - Day 1 Highlights

 

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