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The second day of 2021 ORC European Championship off Capri

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ORC European Championship - Race day two
ORC European Championship - Race day two

This morning the fleet of 62 boats competing in the ORC European Championship took to the race course located 4 miles off Capri's Marina Grande. Conditions were somewhat more stable than yesterday, with about 10 to 12 knots of breeze from 180° for the first race of the day. At 11:40 a.m. the Race Committee sounded the starting signal for the smallest boats in Group C, at 11.55 for Class A and at 12 midday for Class B. All three groups were set courses around the cans. For the second race the committee waited for an expected wind shift, which materialized at around 2 p.m., with the breeze now coming in from 230° and falling below 10 knots. The three groups were then able to get off the starting line for the second race of the day between 2:46 p.m. and 3:06 p.m., with a course adjustment on the last windward leg due to a further shift of about 15° in the breeze.

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Like yesterday, today was a long day on the water for the crews as the Race Committee seemed determined to bank 3 more races, commencing the third starting sequence at 5:26 p.m. with a breeze from 290° blowing at 6 to 8 knots. This attempt was eventually abandoned due to constant wind shifts, and at 5:33 p.m. the fleet was sent back to the docks for the day.

The European Championship is always a complex affair in terms of the organisation at sea and ashore which, for an international event of this size, requires more than 50 staff including judges, measurers, mark layers and support staff.

Taking home the top results in the two races at the end of another lengthy day were:
 
Race 1

Class A
1 Air Is Blue – TP52 – Roberto Monti - ITA
2 Xio – TP52 – Marco Serafini – ITA
3 Fever – Swan 45 - Klaus Diederichs - GBR

Class B
1 Mela – Swan 42 – Andrea Rossi - ITA
2 Bewild – Swan 42 – Renzo Grottesi - ITA
3 Katariina II – Swan 42 – Aivar Tuulberg - EST

Classe C
1 Scugnizza – Italia 11.98 – Vincenzo De Blasio - ITA
2 Sugar 3 – Italia 11.98 – Ott Kikkas - EST
3 Hebe V – M37 – Zdenek Jakoubek - CZE

Regata 2

Class A
1 Xio – TP52 – Marco Serafini – ITA
2 Air Is Blue – TP52 – Roberto Monti - ITA
3 Freccia Rossa – TP52 – Vadim Yakimenko - ITA

Class B
1 Mela – Swan 42 – Andrea Rossi - ITA
2 Essentia 44 – GS 44 – Catalin Trandafir – ROM
3 Bewild – Swan 42 – Renzo Grottesi - ITA

Class C
1 Sugar 3 – Italia 11.98 – Ott Kikkas - EST
2 Scugnizza – Italia 11.98 – Vincenzo De Blasio - ITA
3 Squalo Bianco – First 35 – Concetto Costa - ITA
 
After 5 races, the overall ranking is as follows:
 
Class A
1 Xio – TP52 – Marco Serafini – ITA
2 Fever – Swan 45 - Klaus Diederichs - GBR
3 Tengher – Swan 45 – Alberto Magnani - ITA

Class B
1 Mela – Swan 42 – Andrea Rossi - ITA
2 Fantaghirò – Swan 42 – Carlandrea Simonelli
3 Essentia 44 – GS 44 – Catalin Trandafir – ROM

Class C
1 Scugnizza – Italia 11.98 – Vincenzo De Blasio - ITA
2 Sugar 3 – Italia 11.98 – Ott Kikkas - EST
3 Topas – Farr 30 – H. Bruening - GER
 
Tomorrow brings the final day of racing and the assignment of the title of ORC European
Champion 2021 during the prize-giving ceremony at 4 p.m.
 

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