After the dramatic local weather of the past 24 hours, Race Two from Novorossiysk to Sochi got off to a much calmer start than expected.
A south easterly moderate wind took the ships over the start line earlier this evening (Monday). Russian ships Mir and Nadezhda made a spectacularly close start, with Mir crossing first, just seconds ahead of Nadezhda, her sister ship, though the latter had the windward advantage. Even as they disappeared over the horizon some one hour later, they could still be seen shoulder to shoulder. Royal Helena (Bulgaria) also made an excellent start, and was third across the line.
Class A’s crossed in the following order:
The Combined Class B/C/D vessels had a very competitive start, with both Akela (Russia) and Viking (Russia) reaching the line a little too early, having to manoeuvre to avoid crossing before the start signal. Akela went on to cross first, very close to the start vessel.
Line order for Class B/C/D was as follows:
Meanwhile Atyla (Vanuatu), was held up leaving port and so had a delayed start time.
Short but Tough
“The ships will have to sail close hauled and they will need to tack many times through the first part of this race to Sochi, which means a busy 24 hours for the crews,” said Race Director Paul Bishop. “After lunchtime tomorrow, the anticipated winds will turn south westerly, which will be more favourable for both speed and comfort for the second part of this short race”.
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