|District 13 Regatta Report|| |
Tue May 24th, 2011 through Sun May 29th, 2011
Winners Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada. Photo by Delta Lloyd Regatta.
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Day One: The Delta Lloyd regatta, fifth event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit, is following the trend of the previous European events, with a windy opening day. The strong North-Easterly provided for excellent racing and thrill in all classes in the waters of Medemblik, The Netherlands.
With over 30 knots registered on their racing area, the Stars were postponed until 5PM to allow for the wind to settle. It was still around 20 knots when the Star fleet started their first race after 6PM!
Day Two: After a windy opening day, the Delta Lloyd regatta provided sailors with challenging conditions with shifty winds on day two of the fifth ISAF Sailing World Cup event.
"Olympic couple" Robert and Gintare Scheidt, racing in the Star and the Laser Radial are leading their class with top results including a win in the last race. At the end of the day they Match-raced each others in the "fun race" organised for the day winners. Robert took the win but Gintare is aiming to take her revenge before the end of the week!
The Stars were last off the water last night, with their fourth race ending at 9.30 PM! Beijing Silver medallists, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) took the early lead with a third and a win, followed by another win in today's last race. They are continuing on their good form after winning the Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres with a day to spare. After a victory in their last event in Palma, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) are in second position and in contention for the event title. Canadians Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn, and last year SWC winners Eivind Melleby and Petter Moerland Pedersen (NOR) are only one point from second.
Day Three: It was gusting up to thirty knots on the Ijsselmeer. The conditions were rough, so the race committee decided to send all sailors ashore.
Day Four: Yesterday it was a quiet day, the wind blew the races away. So on the fourth day of the Delta Lloyd Regatta, the races started at 9.00 o'clock. It's a windy day, the racing is on schedule. The day started with a little bit of rain, but that's not so bad. The wind is about 20 knots and rises up to max. 28 knots. The 5th and 6th races were completed.
Three Olympic Gold medallists are in the first three places in the Star. Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) conserve the lead from Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR). The two Polish teams enjoyed the day's windy conditions with a race win each. Kusznierewicz/Zycki pass the German in third position and Grabowski/Lesinki (POL) are now in sixth.
"We had a nice start and good speed so could hold our position on the fleet." explains DominiknZycki on their first race. "We were fourth at the top mark but took the lead on the second beat and increased it to the finish. We could see today the potential of our new boat and we are satisfied." About the conditions today, Zycki adds: "It wasn't an easy race though. We had lots of different pressure on the course with the big clouds."
Medal race: Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) have been in fantastic form throughout the 2010- 2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup. The Brazilian Star pair won gold at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR and the Semaine Olympique Francaise. And they added the Delta Lloyd Regatta gold medal to their growing collection after a 17 point victory over Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL).
"We had a consistent series in Medemblik. We are glad that this morning we did survive with no breakage. We lost one of our main competitor with the British retiring after they broke the mast, but in the medal race lots of things can happen." explained Scheidt. About the muscly conditions in Medemblik Bruno Prada adds: "We had many regattas without strong breeze and we like it so it was good for us." The pair who have been winning in Hyeres in medium conditions is performing in all kind of weather. "We have been training hard over the last six months so it does make the difference," says Prada.
Last year Sailing World Cup winners the Norwegians Melleby/Pedersen took third place overall.
The Star medal race was sailed with eight boats. The British team of Percy/Simpson and Polish Grabowski//Lesinki had broken their masts in the morning race and could not start the medal race.
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