Strong start for Australians at ILCA 7 Masters World Championship

The first two races of the 2022 ILCA 7 Masters World Championship in Riviera Nayarit, Nueveo Vallarta, Mexico were completed today in each fleet: Apprentice and Masters, Grand Masters, and Great Grand Masters.

The sailors took to Banderas Bay in about 16 knots of wind for the first warning signal at 12:30. In 10–12 knots of shifty wind, there were some UFDs, some capsizes, but overall, a nice day of racing.

In the Apprentice fleet, Charles Baillie Strong of Luxembourg leads the way ahead of Argentina’s Andres Heredia and Adil Khalid of United Arab Emirates. In the Master’s fleet, Greek Adonis Bougiouris secured two first-place finishes to sit ahead of Americans Peter Hurley and Ernesto Rodriguez who are tied with both a second- and third-place finish each.

Seven Australians are competing in the regatta. Pic – John Pounder

In the Grand Masters fleet, Great Britain’s Mark Lyttle finished with a second and first place to sit in first overall. Australians Brett Beyer and Steve Gunther are close behind in second and third, respectively.

In the Great Grand Masters fleet, German Wolfgang Gerz sailed two bullets to lead the fleet after the first day. Great Britain’s Tim Law is keeping tight competition with two second-place finishes. American Peter Vessella sits in third overall.      

Once ashore, the sailors could enjoy the on-site buffet and post-racing beers provided by the event hosts, Paradise Village and Vallarta Yacht Club. Two races are scheduled for tomorrow with the skippers meeting at 10:00 and the first warning signal at 12:30.

For the full results, see: sailwave.com/results/vyc/ILCA7Masters2022.htm

Event website: 2022ilca7masters.ilca-worlds.org

Photos: jldigitalmedia.net/f748097197
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