The thermal Meltemi failed develop for the sixth day of racing in the Harken Laser World Championships in Bitez, Turkey yesterday
The thermal Meltemi failed develop for the sixth day of racing in the Harken Laser World Championships in Bitez, Turkey yesterday. Whilst the fleet were held ashore the Race Committee watched a light easterly swing slowly to the south. They then watched a thunderstorm build over the Greek Island of Kos, five miles to the south of the course, which further affected the wind. As the storm cell dissipated the fleet were called afloat only to find another storm cell building which also affected the wind. When that disappeared an attempt was made to start even though further cells were developing 8 miles to the north of the course area.
After three attempts at a start the gold fleet finally got away in 12 knots of southerly wind. Five minutes later the northerly system started affecting the course turning the beat into a fetch for those on the right side of a 60 degree shift and the race was abandoned.
The wind then died and started to fill from the north as the sun came out and a new course set in the hope that the breeze would build. It managed 7 knots but was unstable and at 5pm the Race Committee sent the fleet home.
Strong winds are forecast for the last day and an earlier start has been scheduled in an attempt to get to ten races so a second discard can be counted.
Whatever happens today Robert Scheidt BRA and Michael Blackburn AUS cannot be caught by the chasing pack. They will have their own race with 6 times world champion, Scheidt, going for an unprecedented seventh world title in one of the most competitive classes currently sailing. With five continents in the top ten there is still plenty of scope for place changing and plenty to go for as a number of sailors try to make certain of their place in the Athens Olympics
Overall Results (with 1 discard)
1st Robert Scheidt BRA 14 pts
2nd Michael Blackburn AUS 18pts
3rd Mark Mendelblatt USA 27pts
4th Hamish Pepper NZL 37pts
5th Andreas Geritzer AUT 38pts
6th Karl Sunneson SWE 52pts
7th Tom Slingsby AUS 62pts
8th Peer Moberg NOR 66pts
9th Paul Goodison GBR 71pts
10th Gareth Blackenberg RSA 74pt
11th Thomas Le Breton FRA 83pts
12th Milan Vujasinovic CRO 86pts
13th Pieter-Jan Postma NED 90pts
14th Vasilij Zbogar SLO 94pts
15th Brendan Casey AUS 102pts