Champagne sailing on Worlds Day 3 at Clearwater Beach

Cruz Gonzalez Smith & Mariano Heuser (ARG) Race 3 winners
Picture by Anna Suslova

After two long days spent in waiting for wind in vain, the 61 registered teams were eager to go on the water and to actually start the 2022 World Championship.

Race 1 has been sailed by a not very consistent wind but, fortunately enough, breeze kept on strengthening all along the afternoon, and Race 3 has been sailed under close to perfect conditions (12 to 15 knots, bright sun) providing sailors with champagne sailing.

After three completed races, it is nice to see a pretty balanced mix of Nations and makes in the provisional top ten. Not surprisingly, recent European Championship winners Ravi Parent & Severin Gramm (USA), gaining one bullet in Race 2, secure the lead with 9 points, three points ahead very consistant Greek pair Paschalidis-Trigonis (4,5,3), Argies Gonzalez Smith-Heuser, Race 3 winners, being in a 16 points tie with Gavin Colby-Kai Colman (AUS).

To sum up, an excellent racing day, just to regret Turtle policy regulations did not permit PRO Todd Fedyszyn to go for a fourth race.

Whatever the case, first warning signal has been advanced by two hours for Saturday, aim being to complete four more races.