Friday, August 17, 2007

Hutchinson back in the saddle

Photo by: Rolex / Daniel Forster
Farr 40 Rolex Baltic Week - Neustadt, Germany
The first day of the 4th Rolex Baltic Week started in Neustadt, Germany on Friday (17 August) with four incredibly tight and exciting races in the international Farr 40 class. The lead changed several times not only in all single races, but also in the overall ranking. At the end of the day the Jim Richardson's US yacht “Barking Mad” by had a narrow lead by just two points ahead of Sue and Lang Walker's “Kokomo” from Australia.

“It was very tough racing in tricky conditions,” said Terry Hutchinson, who is the tactician on board the leading “Barking Mad”. “But the race committee managed it pretty well.” The day started with a fresh and gusty westerly breeze, which decreased later on and shifted in a thunderstorm front. These conditions caused the practice race for the European Championship of the international Melges 24 class to be abandoned. Their Europeans are due to start on Saturday (18 August) at 14 h local time.