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Results here: rs tera PROVISIONAL DAY four race 8
Malcolm Osborne reports.
Day Four of the Tera World Championships on Swartvlei in the S. Cape – a
cool overcast day, with some doubts whether ther would be any races.
But a light south easter filled in as usual in the afternoon and race 7
could be completed. In the Tera Pro fleet, another new name appeared at
the front of the fleet – Chad Stevenson got it together to claim the
race win, ahead of Jason Gray and James Hellstrom. The usual suspects
were again at the front of the Tera Sport fleet – this time it was Benji
Daniel who succeeded in getting a first race win after being
consistently in the top three in previous races. Michaela got 2nd and
Arin got third.
Despite it being nearly 16:00, a second race was started in a lighter
wind. This started to die and the race was shortened. The Tera Sports
just did a windward leeward leg before being finished at the end of the
inner loop run. The Tera Pro’s finished at the bottom of the first run
of the outer loop. James Hellstrom established a lead from the start and
held this to the finish. There was a new face in place two – Aphendule
Maneli from Knysna. He got his Tera going well in the conditions and was
able to keep pace not far behind James. A bunch of boats competed for
the following places and another Knysna sailor was able to claim place 3
– Sakhumzi Funda. There were also new names at the front of the Tera
Sport fleet – the youngest sailor, Sean Vonk sneaked through to first
place, followed by brother James. Niels Gronskov (DEN) got third place,
while the other front runners were further back (have to regard this
race as their discard).
Overall, James Hellstrom seems to be quietly nailing down the Tera Pro
trophy – he has good points lead for first place overall. Jason Gray is
comfortably in 2nd place, but Tammy Holden in p3 is only 2 points ahead
of Christopher Crawford. It will be seen what the final day brings.
Things are tight at the head of the Tera Sport fleet – Michaela Robinson
is leading, two points ahead of Arin Long and Benji Daniel who are tied
on points. This could easily change on the final day.