- The splendid sailing conditions have helped thousands of people could enjoy the regatta from the Barcelona coastline
- Islander, Marigold, Guia, Alba and Moonbeam IV, leaders of different categories after two days of competition
- Today, boats have sailed close to the coast, delighting thousands of witnesses of the regatta
- Tomorrow, last day of the IXth Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona, will be marked by A strong competition between the different participants
Thousands of people have enjoyed today’s second day of the IXth Regatta Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona since the route provided by the organization was drawn near the Barcelona coastline, from Port Forum to Hotel W. The yachts have sailed very close to the coast so that the public could enjoy, one more day, this unique spectacle of nautical jewels.
One of the main attractions of the regatta is that, due to the characteristics of the competition, boats sail close together, making it possible for the crews to look closely at the sailing manoeuvres of their competitors and offer a tighter race.
A coastal route
The conditions offered by Barcelona racing course have been excellent again on this second day of the Regatta Puig Vela Clàssica. A thermal South wind, Garbí, has been present one more time, today blowing from 12 to 14 knots. The strong current against the wind has created a very short and vertical swell, inconveniencing boats of medium and small lengths.
The Regatta Committee has chosen to undertake a coastal route for the five categories. Classic and Vintage boats have shared the stage: six sections and a distance of 13.7 miles, while Big Boats have sailed 17.8 miles in different sections.
The day has begun with a protest, involving Nerissa and Argos boats for an incident in the pre-start test yesterday. Finally, the jury has decided to disqualify both boats, Nerissa for not having kept separated from Argos, and this one for failing to prevent the approach, that was “technically” carried out by the first one, despite there was no danger or material or personal consequences.
Thus, Alba of Damian Ribas, which started leading Classics 2, confirmed its aspirations for the final victory after winning today’s test, this time by a close margin of 21 seconds over Kanavel, whereas Argos was third, less than a minute after its rival. In Classics 1, there has been a new victory of Guia, of Ramon Rosés, with almost two minutes ahead of Yanira. Thirty seconds later Outlaw finished third.
In Marconi Époque, Islander has been today’s leader, with a close margin of 13 seconds over Sonato, while Halloween, the third, was classified 2.40 minutes behind the winner. Identical results to those of yesterday have been registered today at Marconi Époque, with Marigold as a leader, followed by Kelpie of Falmouth and Gipsy, who has tried to surprise them by taking the exit tacked port side.
Big Boats Moonbeam IV has sailed ahead of Sumurum and Moonbeam III, whereas Eleonora was wrong at the mark of the second buoy, sailing several additional miles, which has made it was considerably delayed.
Before the final round that will be held tomorrow, the sum of the two results in some categories offer a clear favourite for the final victory, while others promise intense duels for the outcome of their podium places. In Marconi Époque things are more equal, as Islander, with 3 points (2-1) will try to defend itself from Halloween attack, which adds a point (1-3), whereas Sonata accumulates only 2 more (3-2) than the leader. Tomorrow they will compete playing all their cards for the victory of the day and the absolute victory in the regatta.
There will also be an intense fighting in Classics 1 category, but this by the positions of consolation, as Guia has got 4-point lead (1-1) over the chasing group. The trio of boats composed by Yanira, Samarkand and Outlaw is tied at 6 points and tomorrow start sailing with everything in the air.
In Classics 2, Alba will start being the leader, with two point lead (1-1) respect to Kanavel (2-2), and with 5 on Atrevido (3-4). Argos (12-3) ranks sixth in the provisional classification, but will surely try to clean out the 4 points that separate it from the fourth position. The weather forecasts predict, for the Cangreja Époque, a final triumph for Marigold, with 2 points (1-1), but it should avoid mistakes to avert being overtaken by Kelpie Falmouth or Gipsy.
The Puig Vela Clàssica trophy for Big Boats is still an enigma, since Moonbeam IV leads with one point lead (1-2) on Moonbeam III (1-3) and two regarding Sumurun (3-2 ), whereas Eleonora (4-4) is already out for the final victory.