Day 3 (July 27) of the IODA World Championship in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy brought the traditional SE winds. Although it look a little while to build adequately the wind finally built to 8-10 mph. The fleet had one good race (to make a total of 5 completed) before the wind started to die. Race 6 was started but the time limit to round the windward mark expired (30 minutes) and the race was called back. Unfortunately the RC was unable to run another race on this day. The five completed races did allow the RC to calculate the team standings and plan on running the IODA Challenge Cup on Saturday, July 28.
Team USA made a nice showing in race 5 with 3 sailors finishing in the top 10 and another in the top 20.
After 5 races Chris Steele from NZL continues to lead with only 30 points. Team USA is led by Marlena Fauer in 25th followed by Matthew Wefer in 90th, Morgan Kiss in 97th, Axel Sly in 116th, and Pearson Potts in 138th. With the next race, scheduled for Monday, July 30, one race will be discarded.
Unfortunately, Team USA scored 18th in the team scoring after the first five races. The top 16 teams qualify for the IODA Challenge Cup (team racing). Today, the day scheduled for this event, the wind started from the NW at 10-15 and built to 20-25 by the end. A complete series was run and Greece (GRE) took the team racing championship with a 2-1 victory over Sinapore (SIN) in the finals. Ecuador was third.
Tomorrow is a lay day and the RC has moved the start time for Monday up to 11 AM (local time) to hopefully permit running four races.
Complete results can be found at www.optiworld.org and the new event website at www.sailingsardinia.it.