12 Metre World Championship:
Day 4: Vim Stretches Lead; Others Making Repairs
A long night ahead for Helsinki sailmakers
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HELSINKI, FI (August 20, 2021) – After two days without sailing due to extreme weather conditions, official competition for the 2021 Evli 12mR World Championship resumed today with three races held in the Gulf of Finland, hosted by Nyländska Jaktklubben, NJK.
With pent up anticipation, the crew energy was palpable around sunny Helsinki harbor this morning as sailors raced to the NJK docks on bicycles and scooters. The first race started at 10:05 EEST, south of Isossari Island with steady 16-18 knot winds increasing to 20 kts+ in choppy 1.5-1.7m seas.
In Race One of the day (3rd of the series), Wings (K-15) led the fleet followed closely by Vim (US-15) and Blue Marlin (FIN-1). Wings was first to the weather mark and continued in the lead downwind until a malfunctioning spinnaker pole trip line resulted in the pole remaining on the lee side of the boat after a gybe. The following spinnaker takedown and late jib hoist further reduced Wings speed which enabled Blue Marlin and Vim to advance close abeam as the three yachts approached the mark. Vim emerged just clear ahead while Wings established an outside overlap on Blue Marlin. During the rounding Blue Marlin was on the receiving end of contact (3 “taps”) to her transom by Wing’s bow. As Wings completed her required 360 penalty turn, a mainsail batten parted ripping a hole in the mainsail. Shortly after this series of mishaps, Wings’ skipper hailed the Race Committee to announce their retirement from the race as they headed to the dock for a mainsail change; unfortunately they were unable to return to the course for the remaining two races of the day.
August 20, Day Four photos by Lauri Hänninen
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At the start of Race Two Vim (US-15) and Blue Marlin (FIN-1) entered the course from opposite sides of the line, the former at the RC boat the later at the pin end. Each continued to sail out to opposite sides of the course with Filca II (K-14) covering Vim. On their first crossing, mid-course Blue Marlin on port, was forced to duck Vim sailing on starboard but did cross in front of Flica II as they continued to alternate sides of the course. Meanwhile, Nini Anker (K-14) suffered a coffee-grinder (winch) breakdown which dictated her retirement and return to the dock for repairs. Further back, Vema III (N-11), Vanity V (K-5) and Thea (D-1) sailed closely together throughout vying for the 4th place finish. Jenetta’s (K-1) mainsail had parted after the 2nd mark rounding and she too was forced to retire from racing for the day. There were no further position changes in this race– the finish order being Vim, Blue Marlin, Flica II, Vema III, Vanity V and Thea.
Five of the nine yacht fleet started Race Three; four finished. Blue Marlin (FIN-1) suffered mainsail damage early on and also retired for the day. Through attrition of the fleet and sheer persistence Vema III (N-11) who sailed all three races of the day without incident (as did 103-year old Thea (D-1), added a third place finish in this race moving her up in the overall standings. Finish positions in the four boat final race of the day race were Vim, Flica II, Vema III and Thea.
In the overall standings of the 5 race series (now with one toss-out), the top three competitors are Vim (US-15) with 4 points, followed by Blue Marlin (FIN-1) with 9 points and Flica II (K-14) in third place to date with 12 points.
Racing wraps up tomorrow (Saturday) with 2 races planned. Follow the action LIVE (or recorded playback) via Sport Rec Race Tracker.
August 20, Day Four photos by Erik Lähteenmäki | Sailpix.fi
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2021 12 Metre Worlds
Day 4 (August 20) 3 Races
12mR – Vintage (9 Boats)
1. Vim (US-15), Helmuth Henning, Patrick Howaldt & Ditley Wedell Wedellsborg, Copenhagen, DK: (3) – 1 -1 -1 -1 ; 4
2. Blue Marlin (FIN-1), Henrik Andersin, Kotka, FI: 1 – 4 – 2 – 2 – (RET 10) ; 9
3. Flica II (K-14), Alexander Falk, Hamburg, DE: 2 – (5) – 5 – 3 – 2; 12
4. Jenetta (K-1), Thomas Müller, Flensburg, DE: (5) – 2 – 4 – RDG-3.7 – RDG-3.7; 13.4
5. Nini Anker (N-15), Christoph Avenarius, Hamburg, DE: 4 – 6 – 3 – (RET 10)- DNS -10; 23
6. Vema III (N-11), Johan Troye, Oslo, Norway, NOR: (9) – 9 – 7 – 4 – 3; 23
7. Vanity V (K-5), Mikael Stelander, Helsinki, FI: 6 – 7 – 6 – (DSQ-10) – 4; 23
8. Thea (D-1), Jacob Holst, Copenhagen, DK: 8 – 8 – 8 – 5 (10-DNS); 29
9. Wings of Cowes (K-15), Philipp Skafte-Holm, Copenhagen, DK (with Finnish & Danish crew): 7 – 3 – (RET-10) – DNS 10 – DNS-10 ; 30
NOTE: Spectators may view the beautiful Vintage 12mR fleet in transit to the race course between 9.00 – 9.30 each morning and returning after completing 2 races at approximately 15.00 each afternoon.
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