15 April 2016 - Both qualifying fleets completed one of the two scheduled races today, but the second race of the Blue fleet was abandoned as the wind died in the late afternoon. This race will be re-sailed tomorrow.
Light winds delayed the start of the first race until just before 1400h, only an hour after the scheduled time. The breeze increased through the afternoon, and shifted several times, as low clouds approached. But as the clouds passed, they took the wind with them. Race Committee abandoned that race as the wind continued to decrease.
But with one more completed race for both fleets, Erika Reinecke (USA) maintained her lead with a third place finish. Isabella Maegli (GUA) and Lijia Xu (CHN) dropped back, allowing Gintare Scheidt (LTU) to move up into second place, followed by Paige Railey (USA). But it is still early in the event, and there are many more races to be sailed.
Overcast skies, and less than typical winds are expected for the next day or two. After that, the organizers and competitors are looking forward to clear skies, and building thermals, and the racing should be even more exciting!
14 April 2016 - Light winds under hazy skies on Banderas Bay delayed the start of the first day of races, but both qualifying fleets completed two races, as scheduled. The first fleet started cleanly in a southwestern wind of about five knots. The second fleet was delayed by a general recall, and then a postponement as the wind shifted right and the race committee adjusted the marks, but started cleanly under a black flag restriction.
The wind increased through the afternoon, reaching fifteen knots by the end of the day. In general, the winds shifted to the right as they built. The race committee called for a change course for several of the legs during the afternoon. In one race, many sailors found that they had overstood the weather mark on starboard tack and were reaching in, losing distance to those who had stayed closer to the middle of the course.
Competition was tight, but at the end of the first day, Erika Reinecke (USA), Isabella Maegli (GUA), and Lijia Xu (CHN) are leading the fleet, based on provisional results. Two more races are scheduled for both fleets tomorrow, the second of the four qualifying race days.
Practice day has begun for the women in the Laser Radial Women’s World Championship 2016 at Vallarta Yacht Club. 73 women from 39 countries will be competing in this event which begins April 12. Of those 73 women, 10 finished in the top 20 at the 2012 Olympic Championship in London.
Conditions today were typical of beautiful Banderas Bay in April: winds 15-20 knots and just enough waves to make those downwind legs fast. We are expecting the same conditions throughout the event.
The Mexican Sailing Federation and Vallarta Yacht Club welcomes the competitors to beautiful Riviera Nayarit and we hope you all enjoy the venue. !Buenos suerte a todos!
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