Baltic Sea – On Day Two of the SSAB ORC European Championship 2019 the fleet of 70 boats are enjoying a sunny Swedish summer day racing offshore in the open Baltic Sea on courses traversing back and forth along the rocky coast. Class A is racing 79.0 miles, Class B 68.2 miles and Class C 60.6 miles, and after a start at 10:00 this morning they are expected to start crossing the finish line in the harbor of Oxelosund starting at sundown.
While racing under handicap using Coastal/Long distance course ratings, and therefore exact standings are difficult to calculate, some early favorites are emerging as leaders in corrected time based on the AIS tracker data seen at http://www.sailracetoday.com/orc2019.
At 1700 local time Erik Berth’s Swan 45 Tarok VII from Denmark has the lead over Bernhard Buchwald’s XP 44 Xenia from Germany and Karalow Witold’s Soto 40 Scamp 27 from Poland. Leading in elapsed time is One Sailing Finland’s TP 52 Zer0emission.
Class B is much more contentious, with clusters of boats pushing each other around the course. The lead pack has three Swedish Farr 40’s vying for the lead: C-J Marnell’s Farr 40 Warpath, Jonas Andersson’s Stormtrooper and Johan Ekroth’s Hurrykanen, and at 1700 Warpath had the lead in both elapsed and corrected time. Next in line in corrected time looked like two Finnish teams: Power Reach’s Sinergia 40 Adela, followed by Sakari Laulajainen’s Salona 37 Ramdata.
And in Class C the racing in corrected time and in the main group is very tight, with Mathias Haufe’s Esse 990 Finesse in the lead, followed by the elapsed time leader Holger Streckenbach’s modified Melges 32 Old Jug, who currently is launched out well ahead of the pack and will likely beat everyone into the harbor finish. And in third in corrected time is another fast boat, Max Augustin’s Farr 30 H.E.A.T.
Final results when they become available will be found at the event’s scoring page at https://data.orc.org/public/WEV.dll?action=index&eventid=EURO19.
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