Malcolm Osborne reports
The 2014 Tera World Championships got under way officially on Sunday on
Swartvlei Lagoon, Sedgefield, with the tune-up race followed by the
Opening Ceremony. To the musical accompaniment by the local Sedgefield
brass band, competitors were welcomed by the organisers and invited
dignitaries. Then the `mixing of the waters’ ceremony took place before
the President of the International RS Tera Class Association, Frans
Boer, declared the World Championships open.
On Monday, racing was scheduled for 10:00; however lack of wind forced a
lengthy postponement. The overcast cleared eventually by 14:00 and the
emergence of the sun brought in a good southerly wind and racing could
commence. The first race was a bit short when the increasing wind
velocity got the boats around the course faster than expected. The
course was lengthened for the next races. Three races could be completed
in the afternoon.
The Tera Pro fleet consists of 30 boats from 5 countries – RSA, ZIM,
BEL, GBR and NED. After three races, James Hellstrom has a narrow lead
ahead of Jason Gray. A few points further back is Christopher Crawford
of ZIM. The leading girl is just behind in 4th – Tammy Holden (RSA).
The Tera Sport fleet consists of 27 boats from 4 countries – RSA, NED,
GBR and DEN. The leader after the three races is current Mirror World
Champion, Michaela Robinson (RSA), ahead of Benji Daniel and Taalia