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2023 ILCA U-21 Sailing World Championships at Tangier, Morocco - Day 2

by ILCA / Prow Media 18 Oct 2023 19:57 UTC 15-22 October 2023

The day started cloudy, with rain showers coming and going over the racecourse and the city of Tangier. The sea conditions were slightly different today as there was a swell from the northwest and the wind from the southwest.

The wind conditions were quite unstable across the racecourse, as the wind at the start line was more substantial than at mark 1, which was significantly weaker. The wind intensity ranged from 6 knots at the top marks and up to 12 knots at the start line, with gusts up to 15 knots.

In the first race of the day, the ILCA 6 fleet had three starting procedures, starting with a general recall, followed by a canceled start due to a wind shift, and a final good start under a black flag. The ILCA 6 first race was the outer course, with Josephine Heegaard from Denmark arriving first to mark one. The race was very close until the last moment when the race was won by Italian Emma Mattivi. In the second race, the winner was again Emma Mattivi; nonetheless, with one discard after four races, the top female sailor was Josephine Heegaard.

In the male ILCA 7 yellow fleet, the racing was tight, and each sailor demonstrated their skill and expertise in the very technical swell and shifty conditions. In race one, the first place went to Italian Attilio Borio, and in race 2 Haruto Kuroda from Japan took the top spot. In the blue fleet, Finley Dickinson of United Kingdom won both races of the day.

As the sun descended, all the clouds vanished, making way for a serene, clear afternoon. After sailing, the sailors gathered for complimentary pasta and an array of mouthwatering toppings at the boat park restaurant. The combination of the aroma of freshly cooked pasta and the picture-perfect backdrop of Tangier made for an exhilarating experience for all sailors. It highlighted a sense of togetherness, a unique hallmark of the sailing community. The delightful food has become a cherished tradition for sailors at the venue, a treat they eagerly anticipate. The sailors couldn't help but express their gratitude for this thoughtful and delicious treat.

Organizing partners are the Royal Yacht Club de Tangier and Tangier Sailing in conjunction with the ILCA.

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