Anatoly Loginov leads after 5 races at the Europeans
Anatoly Loginov (RUS 27) went into lead after 5 races at the European Championship in Balatonfüred, Hungary. Jens Rathsack (MON2) is second, Ivan Bradbury is third. Best Corinthian: Karl-Gustaf Löhr (SWE 389).
The forecast promised for Wednesday some light to medium Easterly winds. PRO Bojan Gale wanted to make sure that two races can be held, so he sent out the fleet early onto the race course. At 9 am the whole fleet of some 55 boats was eager to start when the first attempt was made with “U” – resulting in a general recall. The second one proved to be more successful under a black flag – and everyone was happy to hear in the VHF that it was a clear start.
The wind was about 6 to 9 knots coming from Northeast. The first upwind mark seemed to be far away under the clouds, but the first boats reached it exactly in 30 minutes as it was planned by the Race Committee. The right-hand side paid – and MON2 with Jens Rathsack at the helm used their experience gathered last week at the Hungarian Championship as they led the fleet into the run.
About 90 minutes after the start they finished first, just before Evgen Braslavets (ITA77) with Bunker Prince, who have not sailed in the front so far, but, as we all know, have a lot of potential. The RC under guidance of Bojan made an excellent work with the flags Charlie, Minus and Green and managed to exactly match the target time of 90 minutes.
As the fleet sailed back to the starting area, the wind increased to some 14 knots, and the RC lengthened the course to 2.3 nautical miles. As usual, Uniform did not do the job, so the second attempt was made with Black. After the start four boats’ sail numbers were transmitted on the VHF: they were too eager to sail over the line. Unfortunately, Dmitry Samokhin’s RUS 76 was one of them, which meant that with their BFD they fell to 4th overall.
The 5th race was held in a shifty wind which regularly changed strength . Tough job for the sailors, but the best could manage it again. As it was the last race of the day, it was a bit longer, took about 105 minutes for the top to finish. The race victory went to Anatoly Loginov, with Hugo Stenbeck as second.
“We have a valid championship with one discard now, that is the most important thing”, PRO Bojan Gale said after the race. The fight for the Championship title is still open: RUS 27 Annapurna with Anatoly Loginov, Alexander Shalagin and Vadim Statsenko are leading, but the marge over MON 2 with Jens Rathsack and his team is only one point. The best Corinthian is still Karl-Gustaf Löhr from Sweden who is in fifth position overall.
The forecast for Thursday is not very promising: very light wind for the morning. Therefore the first warning signal is scheduled for 1 pm first. Two races are planned before the closing day on Friday, when the 8th race should be sailed.