Light airs prevail at ILCA 6 World Championships

Day three of the 2021 ILCA 6 World Championships was once again influenced by the wind, with just two races in the Men’s and one in the Women’s completed at Barceló Resort Mussanah, as the sailors struggled to get to grips with the changing wind patterns.

The Men’s leaderboard remains unchanged from yesterday, with Oman’s Almoutasim Al Farsi out in front, holding a six-point lead over Nik Pletikos of Slovenia after winning one race and finishing second in the other.

Abdul Malik Al Hinai of Oman moved into third position when Umut Eyriparmak retired from the second race after making an excellent start by winning the first. He ends the day in fourth place. Ali Al Saadi of Oman retained fifth position and stays within touching distance of the leaders.

The only Women’s race was dramatically impacted by the weather, as seven of the fleet were given the Black Flag and disqualified for prematurely starting the race, including second day’s leader Julia Büsselberg of Germany and Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark. That allowed Emma Plasschaert of Belgium to take the victory and move to the top of the leaderboard.

Büsselberg slips to second and Agata Barwinska of Poland moves into third. Viktorija Andrulyte of Lithuania moved into fourth place after a strong display and second day’s second placed sailor Vasileia Karachaliou dropped to fifth after yesterday’s race. The fleet is still very close with just seven points between first and sixth.

Nik Pletikos of Slovenia, said, “We had quite shifty wind, not much wind which was tough for me as one of the heaviest in the fleet. So, I struggled a bit in the upwind. We’ll see what happens tomorrow, hopefully there will be more wind.”

Viktorija Andrulyte of Lithuania, said, “There were light to medium winds for us, which I enjoy a lot. There are still a lot of races to go, my expectation is that I just want to keep pushing myself and enjoy. The race is very hard, the fleet is really good, but it’s great to compete and be against the best sailors in this class.”

Following racing yesterday, the sailors were treated to an Arabian Night where they were able to experience Omani food, Henna art and traditional dancing with an Omani band.

Racing continues today with more races scheduled in each category.

The event is supported by national carrier Oman Air, OQ and the Barceló Mussanah Resort as official partners, and Be’ah as environmental supporter. The National Mineral Water Company Salsabeel Water provided all essential water supplies for the event while the Royal Navy of Oman provided medical support throughout.

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