SAP 505 Worlds – day 3 highlights by Thomas Funke

Michael Quirk & Luke Payne (AUS) - winners of race 3

Michael Quirk & Luke Payne (AUS) – winners of race 3

Race 3 got underway at the 60th SAP 5O5 World Championship in light conditions. After a lengthy delay to that start due to a wind shift, the race committee could lay a course and racing could get underway at around 14h00.

As Day 2 was a 1 race day, sailors could braced themselves for a long day on the water and a long race.

Conrads/Haines opened the gate and headed to the right on the required port tack, which seemed to be favourable as the influence of the land created a lift on that side of the course. Again the fleet split and a good portion opted to go out to sea first and then come back in, while the other half opted to go right and then come back.

The right paid handsomely and it was Michael Quirk and Luke Payne of Australia that led the fleet around the course in good style to win the race.

Conrads and Haines, who opened the gate finished in second while Ian Pinnell and Johannes Tellen came home in third.

The top SA team were the Robinson brothers in 6th place.

More racing today (Tuesday) with 2 races scheduled.

The action is hot and it’s all happening here in Port Elizabeth.