Hungarians leading after 3rd day of FD Worlds

Leading Hungarian team © Graeme Robertson

Day 3 – 2019 Flying Dutchman World Championship at Nelson YC

The first three days of the Flying Dutchman World Championships held under the burgee of Nelson Yacht Club have been sailed on the waters of Tasman Bay off Nelson at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. A real mixture of crews are racing representing 11 nations. A quite impressive 41 entries are competing in the ex Olympic class that has now been around for 67 years.

The results are close at the top of the leader board with HUN 70 (Szabolcs Majthenyi and András Domokos) leading on 7 points with GER 88 (Kay-Uwe Lüdtke and Kai Schäfers) second on 11 points and NED 26 (Enno Kramer and Ard Geelkerken) in third on 14 pointS. AUS 7 and GER 98 are next, tied on 20 points.

2019 Flying Dutchman World Championships © Graeme Robertson

Tasman Bay has given a taste of the sailing conditions she can provide. Day 1 started in a perfect 10 knots breeze which suddenly built to 20 knots just after the start. This caught many sailors by surprise with rapid adjustments to rigs and a number of boats ended up capsizing. The race was won by AUS 7 followed by HUN 70 with GER 98 third. Due to the stronger winds the race offer postponed the second race to day two.

Three races were sailed on day 2 with perfect sailing conditions. The breeze started at around 10 knots slowly building to around 16 knots later in the day. Larger waves provided good surfing conditions on the downwind legs. It was a good day for HUN 70 with placings on 1, 1, 2. To lead overall.

2019 Flying Dutchman World Championships © Graeme Robertson

Day three served up similar conditions to day two but with smaller waves. The top three boats swapped placings with HUN 70 finishing 1 and 2, GER 88 finishing 2 and 1 and NED 26 finishing 3 and 3.

All boats in the fleet are experiencing close racing with some good battles developing from end to end.

Two races are scheduled for Wednesday and one on Thursday with an expectation of more close racing to come.

Can anyone catch the flying Hungarians?

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