The week has been plagued with light winds and this coupled with a very strong tide has made for extremely difficult conditions for the race officers and sailors. Infact one of the two qualifying fleets has had only one days racing during which they held 5 races in one day. In this fleet in NZL teams Francis/Moore and Simhony/van der Velden competed and have ended up in Silver fleet which has had no races yet in their final series.
Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders are now in 5th overall and on equal points to the crew placed 4th after they crossed the line in 7th in today’s race.
Gemma and Jason combined and opened their campaign in the new Olympic multihull early this year and have improved their results at the international regattas attended during 2013 with their best to date being a 4th at Garda and Trentino Olympic Week in Italy this May. Saunders represented New Zealand at the London Games in the Men’s 470 with Paul Snow-Hansen at the helm.
There are three final races needed to start the Medal Race scheduled for Saturday, and five to discard the worst result. That makes two discards: one in the qualification and one in the final series. For tomorrow there are three races planned for the Silver fleet and two for the Gold, but the weather forecast remains the biggest challenge.
Racing resumes at both regattas tomorrow with medals to be decided and presented on Saturday.
2013 Nacra 17 World Championship, The Hague, Netherlands
5th Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (7, 3, 20, 3, 4, 7)
37th Nicole van der Velden and Tomer Simhony
59th Gareth Moore and Vicky Francis