Day three of the Flying Dutchman World Championships saw a return to the heavy conditions experienced at the beginning of the week.  The overnight leaders consolidated their position at the top of the scorecard but there is no room for complacency as new challengers appear into the top five.

 

Sailing on Wednesday morning was very hard for the fleet which raced its way through very wet and windy conditions.  With a southerly wind gusting up to 20 knots, by the end of the first race only 32 boats were left in the fleet.  Almost predictably the wind switched round to blow a steady westerly 12-15 knots and the second race was sailed in glorious sunshine

 

The courses were once again, Olympic triangular routes and after the day’s challenging conditions the top five teams are Hungary’s Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos who, with just six points on their scorecard are extending their lead, Germany’s Kay-uwe Ludtke and Kai Schafers continue to climb the leaderboard and now lie in second ahead of current world champions the Netherland’s Enno Kramer and Ard Geelkerken.  The big story of the day comes from Italians Nicola Vespasiani and Francesco Vespasiani who finish today in fourth having climbed from 12th last night and closing out the top five are Denmark’s Jorgen Boisen-Moller and Jacob Boisen-Moller

 

This is a very well organised event by Largs Sailing Club and the Scottish Sailing Institute who should be congratulated on attracting such an event to the Clyde.  

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