Tough racing situations offered a tactical 1st day of racing at Star Sailors League Lake Grand Slam arranged by Cercle de la Voile de Grandson in Switzerland. Clouds emerging above Jura Mountains meant that the arrival of the chill northerly wind, which is known as La Bise, interpreted as ‘the kiss’ that funnels down the valley between the Jura Mountains as well as the Swiss Prealps.
The first 2 races were arranged in a puffy 12-16 knots of breeze, but it was really not a lingering kiss, the last 2 races were battled out in lighter flukier situations that tested the concentration as well as will strength of 68 teams from twenty-two different nations.
There were several general recalls sorted out by Black flag starts as well as big-name offenders included Johannes Polgar & Markus Koy and Torben Grael & Guilherme De Almeida, both were declared to be on grade side in Race 2. The Brazilian pair scored 2 bullets today, and after counting a cast aside, are placed 4th following the very first days of racing.
Augie Diaz and Arnis Baltins from the United States top the leader-board following 4 races having racked up -6-1-4. Augie and Arnie have been voyaging together for around 5 years and coherent results in the Top-10, encouraged by a bullet in Race 3, have prompted the Americans to the top but only just. Gold Star, George Szabo racing with a local expert, Patrick ‘The Duke’ Ducommun, is second by a single point.