After a long day today, organizers at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda will also continue inshore racing tomorrow in Day 5 of the Championship
28 June 2022 - Porto Cervo, Sardinia - Both the Race Committee and the 69 competing teams here at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) were kept busy today in Day 4 of the 2022 ORC World Championship. After a frustrating Day 3 with no racing yesterday due to unstable light winds, all are exhausted today after several hours on the water that featured everything: delays again in the morning due to light air, followed by a building northwesterly that yielded two exciting windward/leeward races for all three classes.
This brings the championship now to three races scored, and YCCS race managers have decided to amend the schedule to conduct more inshore races tomorrow.
The two races conducted today were in a variety of conditions: from light to moderate in the first race, then moderate to heavy, thus testing the gear-shifting skill sets and seamanship among the teams. The last race was a gear-buster for some who struggled with broaches and broken sails due to the large waves and brisk winds on the course.
Nonetheless, those at the top of the rankings in all classes were incredibly close in corrected time in the first race of the day. In Class C, Ott Kikkas’s (EST) Italia 11.98 SUGAR 3 defeated race runner up SCUGNIZZA (ITA) by only 2 seconds after 6.8 miles of racing on the two-lap windward/leeward race held on the Juliet course area.
Similarly, the Race 2 battle in Class A was also incredibly close: after over an hour of racing, Roberto Monti’s (ITA) TP52 BLUE finished 1:23 behind Peter Harrison’s (ESP) JOLT 3 but won in corrected time by a mere 5 seconds after racing 8.81 miles on the Romeo course area.
As the wind and waves built to full force in the second race, both race course distance and corrected time margins increased and the stronger more experienced teams were able to rise to the top ranks. In Class A the TP52’s dominated the top three places, with Karl Kwok’s (HKG) TP52 BEAU GESTE able to save their time against runner-up JOLT 3 by 43 seconds after racing for one hour on a 10.67 mile course. BLUE was another two minutes back in corrected time, but was only 18 seconds ahead of Andrea Pietrolucci’s (ITA) Mylius 14E55 MILU’ III who is one of seven Corinthian teams entered in Class A.