Eventful racing on Lake Rotorua for Day 2 of World Blind Sailing Champ

NZL leads the B2 fleet, Day 2 IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships, Rotorua
David Staley - copyright

Despite a forecast of no wind, the second day of racing got underway on Lake Rotorua in the IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships with a solid nor-nor-easterly wind that blew between 10 and 17 knots across the day.

New Zealander Paulien Eitjes dominated today's racing in the B2 classification, leading at every mark in every race.

Today's results give Paulien's team a total of eight points (provisional results, and after dropping their worst result) - a good lead of seven points over Canada. Great Britain and Japan’s Flying Fish team are coming third equal in the B2 fleet, followed by USA in fifth place.

The real competition in this fleet now comes for second and third places, with Canada, Japan and Great Britain just one point apart.

The competition in the B1 category is extremely tight. Norway continues to lead the B1 fleet on 11.5 points, followed by Italy on 13 points and New Zealand, led by Dick Lancaster, on 15 points.

In the B3 category, Great Britain is on six points, a significant lead over New Zealand on 14 points and the USA on 17 points.

The fresher winds saw more exciting and eventful racing today, with one member of the USA team falling off the boat during a manoeuvre to avoid a collision, in 17 knots of wind. The rest of the team managed to hang onto the sailor, pulling him back on board and recovering enough to lead the first half of the next race.

'It's been perfect sailing conditions today,' says organising committee chairman, Don McGowan.

'We were a bit worried this morning because a good breeze wasn't forecast, however, we've ended up with consistent wind all day, which has meant we have been able to make up for having to abandon racing yesterday due to no wind.'

The IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships will now have a lay day tomorrow (Wednesday) and Friday, with racing at this stage on Thursday and Saturday, depending on wind conditions.

 
B1 Fleet            
             
Sailed:7, Discards:1, To count:6, Entries:9, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
RankFleetNatVIP HelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7TotalNett
1stB1NORThomas Johannesen11.52223-516.511.5
2ndB1ITALuigi Bertanza-94311222213
3rdB1NZLDick Lancaster2(10.0 DSQ)144132515
4thB1FINJukka Jokiniemi31.5665-7129.522.5
5thB1AUS WAKylie Forth5545-6643529
6thB1FRAOlivier Brisse4-8773564032
7thB1USAMatt Chao66-937494435
8thB1JPN Team ToyotaFumihiro Adachi7388-9985243
9thB1GBRVicki Sheen875-98875243
             
             
B2 Fleet            
             
Sailed:7, Discards:1, To count:6, Entries:5, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
RankFleetNatVIP HelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7TotalNett
1stB2NZLPaulien Eitjes2-321111118
2ndB2CANDavid Brown-41442221915
3rdB2JPN Team Flying FishTakao Sugiyama3213-4342016
3rdB2GBRLucy Hodges1-4323432016
5thB2USAWalter Raineri-55555553530
             
             
B3 Fleet            
             
Sailed:7, Discards:1, To count:6, Entries:5, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
RankFleetNatVIP HelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7TotalNett
1stB3GBRGary Kirby1-21111186
2ndB3NZLDave Allerton213-53321914
3rdB3USAJason Wallenstein-53234232217
4thB3CANRandy Nelson34-522542520
5thB3JPN Team YukiYuki Kawazoe4-5445453126