Elena Tekina specifically for Yacht Russia talks about the events of the second racing day of the regatta 44Cup Porto Montenegro, held in Montenegro
© Elena Tekina
The second day of racing, contrary to expectations, the weather stayed dry and calm. After a night of thunderstorms over the Tivat morning, there was a North wind, but not the storm of the famous local Borax, and her younger brother Burin. This weak unstable North wind dispersed the clouds and forced to look out the sun, and then came the South wind the South, and racing again had to wait. Finally, by one o’clock the confrontation of opposing winds resulted in the victory of the South and strengthened to 17-21 knots in the gusts of wind there were three races.
Slovenian Ceeref, Igor La with tactician Adrian Stead scored a total of 15 points and continues to lead – despite the 7th ward in the last race of the day. In second place with 4, the British Team Aqua of Chris Bake with Cameron Appleton as a tactic (17 points). Finally, on the third with a margin of just one point serving under the British flag of Gibraltar Peninsula Petroleum, John Bassadone, place tactics which, in return, Vasco Vascotto, who retired in Cup Luna Rossa, ranked ed Baird.
Russian Team Nika’s Vladimir Prosikhin with Tom Slingsby as tactics had a difficult day and went down from second to fourth place with receipts and 7-7-6 overall total of 25 points.
In the first race the team was second at the first mark, but was in a situation where she had to turn and get behind the fleet. On the left tack “nick” got in “sandwich” between “Battleship” and Aquа, which prevented her uvulitis. The boat was literally ten feet away from the sign without the speed and without wind. Turning and making the second entry, “nick” obernulas 7th and remained on this place.
In the second race, the team received a penalty for messing up at the start of the Artemis, then caught a lingering bracing and finished the race also in 7th place.
In the third race “nick” got a false start and on the first diffraction came last. Then at the gate the team climbed to mid-fleet, but on the last full course was in a disadvantageous side and to the finish got 6th.
According to Vladimir Prosikhin in the first two races, the crew did not get to the settings, the boat lacked balance, and only the third managed to tune in. And, of course, the team were very unlucky. “I can’t say that we are doing something bad, just the mistakes that happened were very, very expensive. Where we are not lucky, we’re really not lucky like “full figure”, but it especially should not be changed. I am fully satisfied with the crew, happy with the communications on the boat. A little heavier than we began to adjust the sails, because the Sean Clarkson went to the America’s Cup, and he’s a classic Maine-trimmer, although we had on Pete. Sean saw the whole boat, and it is. Perhaps the only thing we lack, and the rest of the team is ready, we will continue to chase down, it happens.”
The best Russian result of the day showed ekaterinburgskaya Tavatuy Pavel Kuznetsov with tactician Evgeny Neugodnikov. The team has only one point more than the “Nicky” and the final 5th line in the table. After the last place in the first race, the team twice finished third.
In the first race after a great start, the boat was in the top three, but suddenly pulled away the guy on the sail, the unit flew literally right in front of the sign. Then tacking on the second team went in a bad direction and finished the race last.
In the second race. went first 4th, and then overtook another boat and became 3rd.
In the third race, according to tactics, the boat was not fast enough. For the first diffraction Tavatuy came 7th, and then on full Kusa “stretched” to the right, got into a good length and on the gate was the second. Losing a little on the second tacking, the team again successfully went to the right on the second full course and finished again 3rd.
Pavel Kuznetsov was very happy race day: “the Impressions are very good, today is a good the wind was, everything worked. If not for some technical issues, we in the first race of better be made. Fight, all is not yet obtained, on fordice better on the sharp course is worse somewhere behind them, but that’s OK, because until just the beginning of our season.”
At the 8th place in the overall Bronenosec is Kirill Frolov Cameron This as a tactic: 5-8-4 parishes and the total score is 31.
In the first race after the great start the team went in a favorable direction and the race was held first, but the second full course it turned out that gennaker in the formed several holes. The crew tried very carefully to carry sail, but when I had to go on to another tack, the fabric gave way, and the gennaker ripped to shreds. The boat managed to finish 5th, but then had freed the jammed halyard, even had to send a tank on top of the mast. In the end, Bronenosec was unable to properly prepare for the start of the second race, and the mood after such failure was spoiled, so following the race did not happen.
The third race too, at first not specified, but on the last full course team successfully went to the left, came in good time, overtook 5 boats and finished 4th. Summing up the day, Kirill Frolov said: “the First race, of course, we are psychologically “broken”. It’s a shame when you all bypass it, we’re “lucky” polistyle, but nothing, tomorrow is another day – and another polegate ahead.”
Today’s forecast is about the same weather as yesterday.