WINDLESS CONDITIONS PREVENT RACING AT BMW J24 WORLDS
August 28, 2013
Lack of wind and strong tides played havoc on day two of the BMW J/24 World Championship at Howth Yacht Club (near Dublin, Ireland), leaving Principal Race Officer David Lovegrove with no alternative but to abandon racing. A 6-knot northwesterly breeze allowed the third race of the series to be started eventually but once the boats rounded the windward mark, the wind dropped away and a north-flowing flood tide meant the entire fleet was left motionless, with no chance of a finish. After a delay of almost three hours, continued windless conditions forced abandonment for the day. With the two races sailed on the first day the only ones to count so far, Keith Whittemore from Seattle still heads the overall rankings by two points from defending champion Mauricio Santa Cruz of Brazil. Racing is expected to resume on Wednesday (28th). For complete event information, click here.