Day 3 WASZP Europeans – The battle is on
The WASZP European Championships headed to Day 3 with much optimism, the fleet launched at 8:30 am for a 9am start, due to not much action over the first 2 days. The northerly was starting to really funnel in with around 15 knots on the race course.
The start was amazing with 63 WASZP’s all hitting the line at the same time. Norwegian sailor Henrick Haaland had a sensational start in the middle of the line and showed good speed. However by the top mark it was a full on assault from the sailors from down under with Tom Trotman, Jack Abbott, Andrew (Amac) McDougall from Australia and Bruce Curson from New Zealand taking the lead.
Down the run Amac took a low road while the rest stayed up high and were full noise down the first run. Alexander Hoghiem-Dahl was showing some serious wheels posting 21.9 knots in the GPS speed challenge.
Trotman managed to hold on down the second run to fend off Curson by 5 seconds at the finish. Ex-49er sailor Rory Hunter from GBR had a sensational final lap to roar into 3rd place and put the pressure on the overall leaders.
As the Northerly died everyone headed in for a bite to eat and waited for the Southerly to arrive. It finally drifted in at 2pm and the fleet launched for a 2:30 pm start. Finally the conditions we came for. Tom Trotman led from start to finish in race 3 and won in emphatic fashion from Nicolai Jacobsen who has produced a seriously consistent series to be the first European with one day remaining.
In Race 4 New Zealander Bruce Curson jumped the fleet to lead for the first lap, only for a shift to claim a few of the leaders. Former 470 Olympian Pierre Leboucher from France showed a clean pair of heals to claim victory in Race 4. The French team have improved immensely and are the top performing European nation as we speak.
Race 5 was sailed in around 8 – 14knots, conditions which has typified this series. Again the start was hot and all the key performers were there. This time it was Jacobsen from Norway and Festino from France who were in a battle for the lead. Again a massive shuffle in places up the final work provided some serious entertainment for the spectators. With Trotman powering from 6th to 1st and hold the lead to the finish line.
Overall it is Trotman leading from Curson with leading European entrant Nicolai Jacobsen in 3rd with Leboucher not far behind. It is all to play for on the final day of the WASZP European Championships.
Overall it was sensational to finally get our event started with a full day of racing, the competitors are tired, but ready to do it all again tomorrow!