Great Britain and USA fight it out at the 2015 ISAF Team
Racing World Championship
On day one of the 2015 ISAF
Team Racing World Championship, it was the teams of Great Britain and USA who
were fighting it out at the top of the leaderboard at Rutland Waters.
With the wind picking up throughout the day, a total of 108 races were
completed to make a significant dent in the first round-robin stage, and all
the teams have been enjoying the great sailing conditions.
Three teams sit at the top with a win percentage of 92%, the West Kirby Hawks
and the Royal Forth Hoosiers of Great Britain and Ladies & Gentleman of
The West Kirby Hawks are current World Champions, while The Royal Forth
Hoosiers are the UK National Champions, so both crews are full of confidence
coming into the regatta and seem to be taking that confidence and putting it
to good use.
Following close behind are the third British team, BYOB, and the two USA
teams, Team Shred and Days of Thunder. The three teams are tied for fourth
position with a win percentage of 83%. All the teams will not only be looking
to move up in the standings when the regatta continues on Tuesday, but also
move ahead of their compatriots for bragging rights.
The nearest teams to the two dominating nations are Bermuda and Ireland who
are tied together on a 50% win percentage for seventh position.
Watching the action and showing support, the teams were lucky enough to meet
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal who was in attendance to mark the 20th
anniversary of the founding of Rutland Sailability, which provides sailing
for disabled people of all ages, in her capacity as Patron of the RYA
Event director David Wilkins said, "We've
really had a fantastic day here. The racing has been very close between the
top half dozen teams.
"The Royal visit was
very enjoyable. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal spent over an hour out
on a boat.
"She was very
knowledgeable, having done a lot of sailing, and was fascinated with the team
racing and picked up the format very quickly.”
The sailing continues on Tuesday at Rutland as the round-robin stages are
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