Adelaide, Australia – Tricky and variable conditions may have halted the start of Day 2 of the 2024 ILCA 7 Men’s World Championship, sponsored by Wireless Communications. Still, a late afternoon sea breeze ensured everything got back on track.
The day’s first race got underway just after the scheduled start time but was soon abandoned, with sailors sent ashore to await further instructions. With the sea breeze filling in late, sailors strapped themselves in for a long day, wrapping up just past 8:00 pm local time after completing two solid races.
The long day was frustrating for some and beneficial for others, with the results now settling in on the eve of the final day of qualifying.
Norwegian Hermann Tomasgaard remains atop the rankings, taking another race win in Race 3 to solidify the top spot as the race drop comes into play.
Reigning Olympic and World champion Matt Wearn also slid right into the mix as well with a second and first-place finish, putting him second overall.
British Sailing Team member Sam Whaley had led the opening race before it was abandoned. He said he had maintained consistent form in this event and was happy with how he was doing. He recalled, “Long day on the water, we went out in the morning and started one race, we got most of the way round and rather annoyingly I was in the lead, so I was pretty much there when they abandoned it and then they sent us in.”
“The last day of qualifying is going to be interesting, I think the forecast is looking quite light at the moment, but hopefully we’ll get kind of a sea breeze, so fingers crossed.”
With two more races remaining in qualifying, the top 50 gold fleet is beginning to take shape and a number of countries continue vying for Olympic selection. India’s Vishnu Saravanan was a big mover today, putting a 7th and a second-place on his scorecard that moved him into a strong position in 22nd overall.
“Today was a good day, so it puts me up there, it was a nice day to just kind of refresh what was going on in training and then just to put it all together, even though I had some really bad starts, I just recovered, and the goal was to just keep the focus high and just fight until the end,” Saravanan said.
“It’s gonna be tricky (tomorrow) because it’s the last qualifying day so it’s very important to do really well in the qualifying because finals, as everybody knows, is going to be tough. All the good guys are going to be there, so it’s better to have good results in the qualifying and then you can wait for your discards in the finals.”
The forecast for tomorrow looks similar to today, with a late afternoon sea breeze filling in. However, with everything to play for, anything can happen.
Text by: Harry Fisher, Down Under Sail / Edited by ILCA
Photos by: Jack Fletcher, Down Under Sail