DRAMATIC FINAL DAY IN THE 8MR WORLD CUP 20.08.17
With expectations of strong winds up to 20 + knots, only parts of the float chose to go out and fight for the top positions in the final day of the 8mR World Cup in Hankø.
The overall winner is, without beeing on the water in the second race today, GBR "Miss U" with Avia Willment. With a set of 7 1.places, one 2. and one 3.rd. the modern yacht didn´t have to finish the last race in order to win overall. With 12 points, the modern James Bond-inspired boat was 18 points ahead og number two.
Behind «Miss U», Austrian «Pandora» and Werner Deuring took the second place overall with 18 points, followed by Norwegian "Wanda" and Lars Ingeberg with 37 counting points after deleting the DSQ from day two.
After tight fights among the 4-5 best yachts in the Sira Class, the above mentioned 2. and 3. place «Pandora» and «Wanda», took 1. and 2.place in the Sira Class. Number three in the class for yachts built before 1960, was Canadian "Bangalore" withTerry Mc Laughlin with 42 points.
Number 4 and 5, were both Norwegian, and ended both on 53 counting points. Number 4, «IF» had a lower total sum before deleting the weakest single race result than «Sira».
Dramatic last day
With winds up to 20+, the conditions were quite challaging the last day og the race, and many of the yachts that did not have an opportunity to advance, chose to stay inshore.
Finnish "Silja" came back to the yacht club with broken mast before the start,and H. M King Harald´s "Sira", was fighting for å top three position in the Sira class until her mast came down on the second cross leg in the second race. Fortunately there were no human injury.
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Credit: James. R. Taylor.