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Posted by on Jun 23, 2009 in Sailboat Racing, UK, US |

More Championship Racing in Sweden

Three races, won by three different sailors, changed the leaderboard on Tuesday.

As reported in my previous blog, the International One-Design World Championships began this week in Stenungsund, Sweden. Our team had a fantastic opening day, but finished less remarkably in the second day’s three races with finishes of 6-5-5. Winds were mostly lighter and shiftier, and the rest of my crew tells me I was a bit tense, which may have effected our results.

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The top sailor for the day as well as for the regatta so far is now Urban Ristorp, the Swedish representative in the fleet, who counted a 1-2-4 today, winning the first race comfortably and recovering from dismal starts in the second two races to finish very well. Also scoring well was our teammate from the Fishers Island Yacht Club in New York, Charlie van Voorhis, who scored a 4-3-2, improving with every race.

Two past champions asserted themselves in the second two races of the day. Bill Widnall, of Marblehead, Massachusetts, won the middle race of the day, and Penny Simmons, of Bermuda, won the finale, a four-lap marathon, with a come-from-behind move on the final windward leg. The results for all the races to date can be found at the regatta website.

I don’t have time to offer a longer report of the racing because this evening we enjoyed a trip out the Hake Fijord to eat dinner at a restaurant on a rocky little island called Dyron, leaving the restaurant for a walk across the island between 10:30 and 11:00. There was plenty of light! Wednesday is a spare day, so most of the fleet will be getting some extra sleep. Yet when the sun comes up between 4 and 5 a.m., it’s hard to stay in bed!

—John Burnham

Dyron, 11:00 p.m., taken after dinner on Tuesday evening

Dyron, 11:00 p.m., taken after dinner on Tuesday evening