Weather takes a turn for the worst on fourth day of Antigua Sailing Week 1/5/08

After three days of spectacular sailing at Stanford Antigua Sailing Week the 184 competing yachts suffered in the squally, light conditions with winds reaching no more than 6kts today leaving the race officers on Division A course no option other than to abandon the start of the second race.

Big, black clouds building up in the north-west pushed over the course area and a massive wind shift forced a change of course for the start of race two. But the wind shifted back again causing chaos on the start line in some of the latter class starts including a collision between the ORMA 60 trimaran Region Guadeloupe and the 50ft trimaran Crepes Whaou. The race officer then made a decision to abandon the second race.

In the first completed race in the Multihulls True Look the Seacart 30 sailed by the Swedish team headed by Calle Hennix, had a great day once again beating Crepes Whaou and Region Guadeloupe.

In Racing I Panthera, Benny Kelly’s TP52 skippered by British sailor Andy Beadsworth, finished first once again which means she now leads her class and division going into tomorrow’s last race. In Racing Class II Stuart Robinson and his British team aboard the Swan 70 – Stay Calm – clocked up another win today which means they now cannot be beaten in their class.

Local superstars aboard James Dobbs J/122 Lost Horizon has cleaned up in Racing V and have confirmed their place atop their class scoreboard with another win in the light, tricky winds today.

The Dragons have had had extremely close racing this week with different winners in nearly all races. Today Will Rudd on Half Moon took line honours, with Olga White on Murka Dragon sailing well again finishing second. Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen took third.

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