Competitors at the International Cadet Nationals at the Largs Bay Sailing Club experienced another frustrating day on the water yesterday as only one race was sailed in trying conditions, forcing the race office to abandon two of the three scheduled races until today.
Heat 7 also gave us the seventh different individual heat winner, this time being Victorian pair Peter Allen and Oliver Grieve in Spitfire.
The pair sailed a smart race, assessing the race conditions correctly and thus pulled a right-hand shift up the second work to overtake It’s Pink an put themselves in the lead.
The It’s Pink team of Issy Declerk and Isabel Wilcox put a couple of disappointing races behind them and managed to be first around the top mark after having a great start and heading left on the work.
They then lost boats on the next upwind leg, only to have a stellar final work to cross the finish in a well-deserved second place.
Regatta Leaders William Cooper and Hugo Allison fought their way through the fleet after a bad start and managed an equal ninth to maintain a heavy advantage over the rest of the fleet.
The early start today will allow the race office to maximise the number of races on the final day, which may see the final placings shift amongst the fleet — Cooper and Allison however should find it tough to lose from here at the moment.
It is forecast to be hot again on the final day, which will again test the competitors and the race office, which will aim to push for as much sailing as possible after lost races previously in the regatta.