November 16, 2019
"Battleship" opens 44Cup Palma in the top three
In the waters of Palma de Mallorca on November 15, one day late, the races of the final stage of 44Cup of the 2019 season started. In light, unstable winds, the fleet held three races, as a result of which the crew of the Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club “Battleship” shared the third line with the Swedish Artemis Racing.
The previous day, with a wind of up to 40 knots, the 44Cup Palma competition area was captured by light, unstable winds and chaotic waves. Having already lost one race day, the competition committee was determined to start the first race of the stage, no matter what the cost. After long hours of setting the distance, the first start signal sounded, albeit with a great delay.
The water here is familiar to all the tactics of the nine crews participating in 44Cup Palma, but the November weather turned out to be more than a complicated mystery even for experienced crews. The early leader of the day was Charisma by Nico Puns, but in the final race, the Dutchman skipped ahead of the French Aleph and finished second.
In the most difficult conditions, “Battleship” had a great two races and confidently took the third line. A bad start in the third race of the day brought the seventh result, therefore, the place in the top three had to be shared with veterans of the class, the Swedish Artemis Racing.
On the contrary, for three-time world champions, the team of “Nick” Vladimir Prosikhin, the day was not set. Two parishes in the tail of the fleet threw the team to the end of the standings. The second arrival in the third race helped to rectify the situation, and Nika has a hard fight for medals ahead of the season. In this case, little consolation is the fact that all Prosikhin's rivals in this fight also spent an unsuccessful day and share the bottom lines of the table.
For the Tavatuy team of Pavel Kuznetsov, the opening of the stage also did not bring anything good. Newcomers to the class could not cope with the whirring wind, and as a result – the last two arrivals, which were able to correct the third finish at the end of the day.
According to the chief judge of the competition, Peter Reggio, the weather in the waters of Palma should gradually improve and please the titled fleet with its famous “sailing” conditions. 44Cup Palma competitions will run until November 17th switch
Press Service of the Yacht Club of St. Petersburg
44Cup Palma Results –
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