When the sky is blue the wind starts blowing over Lake Potrerillos. The sailors have had 5 races over two light wind days and now 15-22 knots is expected for the remainder of the Championships - a perfect combination to suit everyone and everyone has a chance to win.
In the Techno Fleet, Francisco Saubidet Birkner, ARG-40, proved he is an expert in whatever conditions are thrown at him as he took all three bullets again today. Lars van Sommeren NED-800 produced consistently better results than day 2 and has moved into second place on the podium, pushing American Geronimo Nores down to third.
Yesterday Argentinian Facundo Rodriguez Beistegui almost had his foot on the podium but the stronger winds have blown him right down the leaderboard to 9th. First girl Peruvian Maria Belen Basso is in fourth place overall, leading the rest of the pack, 12 points away from the podium.
Mack van Eerenbeemt from Aruba is happy that the wind has started to blow. He came to Argentina with the aim of training in light winds and improve but two days is enough for him! "Today the wind picked up a little and I sailed better so my results are way better than yesterday, so maybe I'll go up the leaderboard and hopefully stay there. Now I want to 'kick some ass'." He went from 10th to 6th overall.
According to Raul Pasqualin the Argentinians were inspired by their first venture into Techno 293 at the Worlds in Martigues. They saw how much fun the kids were having there, worked hard to build a great fleet on returning home and their success is very evident!
Results After 8 Races - Techno 293
The change in conditions has done little to rattle the more experienced Raceboard Fleet competitors who have maintained their positions right down the fleet, to seventh overall at least, with just a little jostling in positions and a few personal triumphs further down the leaderboard.
Thus, Argentinian Martin Berardo took every bullet today, Andres Anderson was second in all three races, Fernando Consorte (first Master) was third in all . . . Fourth overall Marcus Reusch took two fourths but then dropped his guard, beaten over the line in the last race of the day by Sergio Grigioni.
It will be interesting to see whether anything changes as we move into the last few races of the championships.
Results After 8 Races - Raceboard
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