07 May 2017

A Final Day Full of Challenges

t is the final day of Sail Racing PalmVela and many of the class titles will be decided on one coastal race. The showdown in the Maxi72 class looks like it will be between the class leader, Dieter Schon's Momo, and Hap Fauth's Bella Mente where there is just one point between the top two boats. The new Cannonball is three points behind Momo. 


In the Wally class it is still open but Nahita, the Wally 80,6, has two points in hand and has a fourth as a discard as does second placed Ryokan which has French double 49er Olympian Stephane Christidis on board. The worst aggregate Ryokan can score is 12pts to Nahita's 10pts if their result today proves to be their discard. And for Magic Carpet 3 to win the class they pretty much must win the final race. 

The Club Swan50 class is under the control of Earlybird, chartered to Pit Finis, which leads by two points ahead of Mathilde with Niramo four points behind. So, just as it is in the Maxi72s, the second placed boat needs to win the final race if they are to have a chance of winning the class, Earlybird can be sure of winning if they are second. 

Nacho Postigo, weather guru, navigator on the Wally Galma and known as the 'Wizard of Palma Bay' describes the weather outlook: 
“The forecast today is a little bit uncertain. We have different models, but as always there will be the local thermal split in the middle of the bay and so very little wind in the center. The pressure will increase over the day, and we have models showing a wind direction of 220 and strengthening, other more 240-260 and increasing as well, but with a hole to the South

Principal Race Officer Gaspar Morey: 
" If the wind arrives by noon, we would go for Racecourse 1 for Wally and Maxi (marks in Bahía, Illetas and Cala Figuera, the West side of the Bay) and Racecourse 2 for ClubSwan 50. In case the wind arrives later, we would go for Course 2 for Wally & Maxi, and 3 for ClubSwan 50. The Swan 45s would go for Course 1 or 2 depending on when the wind arrives."