Fog hinders McCann’s Optimist European Championships progress
Royal Cork boy drops to 14th overall in Dún Laoghaire
Top Irish sailor James McCann of the Royal Cork Yacht Club racing in the eighth gold fleet race on the fourth day of the Optimist European Championships 2014 on Dublin Bay yesterday.
A twelfth and 31st scored in the first two races of the boy’s gold fleet finals yesterday dropped Royal Cork’s James McCann one place to 14th overall at the Optimist European Championships off Dún Laoghaire.
McCann was on a roll in the sub 10-knot conditions and had moved up to 10th overall after the first race but a threatening sea fog in the afternoon brought a sudden end to the second race of the day when it enveloped the Royal St George course on Seapoint Bay.
Race officers made the quick decision to shorten the race at a leeward mark, a legitimate but controversial decision that led to protests from competitors last night.
DroppedClare GormanNational Yacht Club
The combined fleets of 254-boats were escorted back to Dún Laoghaire harbour by safety craft after it became apparent the fog was not going to lift. Racing was abandoned, meaning race eight for both silver and bronze fleets were postponed until today.
Defending champion Tytus Butowski has surged back up the rankings by winning yesterday’s final race and lies third overall,19 points off the lead.
Five-point cushionEbru Bolat
After delivering a full programme to date there was some disappointment that racing was lost yesterday afternoon.
Depending on today’s weather Royal St George organisers say it may still be possible to reschedule the lost races into today’s penultimate programme before tomorrow’s finale.
This morning’s forecast promises gusty 15-knot winds, conditions which have served the Irish team well so far.