TIGHT AT THE TOP
Day two of the 505 Riva Cup delivered everything that is best about the Northern Italian venue, sunshine, stunning views and wind! Plenty of wind. From the start of race 4 on through race 5 and 6 the breeze was a perfect 18-22knots from the south. With temperatures a touch warmer than Thursday, it was a sailing nirvana for the 51 boats from seven countries and three continents.
Race 4 had a 10 degree pin end bias that Holt and Smit of the USA took full advantage of, starting on Port and leading the charge out to the right hand side they built a big lead over the race. Following in second place were the German team of Plessman and Heinrich-Rix, ahead of Higgins and Johnson from Australia.
Race 5 and the bias had reduced but was still there and more boats tried to emulate the winners of race 4, but this time it didn’t work and lots of ducking, diving and shouting ensued as the fleet got off the line. Getting a clean start and away was the name of the game and the British team of Pinnell and Needham executed well to win from Aussies team of Higgins and Johnson followed in third by Holt and Smit. A very International top 3.
For the final race of the day the start was again all important and with a big raft up at the committee boat end it was Higgins and Johnson who powered away cleanly chased by the British team of Clark and Clark who are clearly getting to grips well with their new boat. Third in this one was Pinnell and Needham.
After 6 races, it is now tight at the top, Holt and Smit lead on 11 points, Higgins and Johnson are 2 further back and Pinnell and Needham a fudzrther 9 down the list in third, really starting to regret their navigation error in race 2. Two more races today and the weather looks amazing again, warm, sunny and therefore the breeze should come in. Why are you not here?
RESULTS after Day 2 HERE