Ian Ainslie Strengthening Its Leadership At The Balaton Melges 24 Spring Regatta
9 May 2015
09 May, 2015 - Balatonfüred, Hungary - With two bullets and one second position Ian Ainslie's Strange Brew reta ins its leadership on the second day of the Balaton Melges 24 Spring Regatta which is also considered as the Melges 24 European Sailing Series second event organised by the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club in cooperation with Hungarian Melges 24 Class Association and International Melges 24 Class Association.
Lake Balaton continued its tricks while showing a bright sunshine over the lake, but not enough wind in the morning while the racing was supposed to start at 11 a.m. PRO Benedek Fluck kept the fleet ashore with a postponement prolonging it after each hour allowing the teams enjoy the sunshine. After midday while the wind has strengthened up to 6-7 knots, the Race Committee went to the lake followed by the fleet. The first race of the day was started with the SW wind of 9-11 knots. Sadly it died so much during the race that PRO made a decision to abandon it as it was no longer fair sailing anymore. After waiting an hour and a half and finding a more suitable race course, the clouds brought enough wind to start the race again. With 10-14 knots the fleet was getting to the better sailing conditions finishing the race with less than one hour.
Ian Ainslie's Strange Brew (HUN-392) took the victory from the first race of the day followed by Miles Quinton's Gill Race Team (GBR-694) and local FGF Sailing Team (HUN-209) with Robert Bakoczy in helm.
As the conditions became much more stable later in the afternoon and the wind was keeping its direction from NNW, the PRO decided to execute two more races in a row seeing great sailing while the wind was peaking up to 20 knots during the final race which ended around 7.30 pm. Strange Brew strengthened its leadership with another bullet from the 6th race followed by FGF Sailing Team and Gill Race Team as third.
In the final race Strange Brew and Gill Race Team were continuing their Match Race for the victory and Miles Quinton's Gill Race Team won the battle this time while the local Peter Czegai's team Jedi Business (HUN-481) crossed the finishing line as third. After 7 races and one discard Ian Ainslie and Strange Brew are leading with 9 points, while Miles Quinton's Gill Race Team scored 13 points and is considered as the best Corinthian team. Peter Czegai's Jedi Business claimed the third position before the final day of the event.
The second best Corinthian team after the second day is Ukrainian Marusia with Oleg Dyvinets in helm as the fourth in overall and Attila Bujaky's Hód is the third best Corinthian being 6th in overall ranking.
For the final day of the Balaton Melges 24 Spring Regatta a very strong wind has been forecasted, still the racing has been planned to start at 10 am in Balatonfüred.
Photo gallery - Gabor Cserta
Balaton Melges 24 Spring Regatta - Miles Quinton's Gill Race Team - photo Gabor Cserta
Balaton Melges 24 Spring Regatta - Peter Czegai and Jedi Business - photo Gabor Cserta
Balaton Melges 24 Spring Regatta - photo Gabor Cserta
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