Of the 24 boats in Class O the elite fleet at Cork Week, only three were perceived to have finished a race on Tuesday despite all crossing the finishing line
Of the 24 boats in Class O – the elite fleet at Cork Week, only three were perceived to have finished a race on Tuesday despite all crossing the finishing line and all receiving results showing that they had finished.
It was only after returning to land, and results being issued to competitors and press that the race committee decided that the yachts had not sailed according to the racing instructions, namely finished within a time limit. The fleets believe that either the course laid, or the time limit, were inappropriate given the light conditions and that only three yachts finished within the set limit. With one set of results posted and no previous indication of the time limit clause being invoked (which was assumed to be due to the conditions), there is an understandable air of confusion.
It is now unclear as to the outcome of yesterday’s racing whilst an ISAF approved International Jury sit to discuss if the boats outside the time limit should be forced to use one of their two discards, or should in fact be allowed to count the race.
Day 3 (Wednesday) has brought sunshine and very light airs with wind set to drop from 4knots to 1 knot over the morning. Lunchtime should bring a wind shift of 150 degrees but no increase in strength. The hope lies in a sea breeze being strong enough to counteract the tide as it falls.
Even with the dramatics of Swans colliding yeserday, the entire fleets’ results up in the air and light winds, the good humor and electric atmosphere that is Ford Cork Week remains.