Puerto Portals (Mallorca)
The V Puerto Portals Dragon Winter Series arrive tomorrow for its last day with everything to decide. After 17 regattas, of which only two have been discarded, two points separate the new leader in the general classification, the Austrian Basic Logic, owned by Werner Deuring, from the second-placed Spanish Gunter, the boat armed by Javier Scherk who has led the competition for weeks and today has withdrawn from the test.
The Race Committee has managed to give a single start. The wind has entered late, from 2:00 p.m., and with an intensity of no more than seven knots. The test started at 3:10 p.m. and, despite the fact that each section consisted of just 0.6 miles, in the end it was necessary to shorten the route.
The last classified has crossed the finish line at 4:05 p.m., when it was decided to send the fleet to port due to lack of time to play another round.
Today’s only regatta was short and was carried out with very little wind; however, it has caused a major turnaround at the head of the fleet. Basic Logic, who was second, behind Frank Berg’s Danish My Way (thirteenth overall), overtook Gunter, who opted to withdraw, scoring 19 points which, however, has been discarded. The three sections of the day’s heat were enough for Werner Deuring’s crew to overcome the four points that Javier Scherk’s team took yesterday. Both will play it all to one card tomorrow, when a light wind from the SW (Llebeig) is expected, which could be reinforced by the wind from the Bay of Palma.
The fight for victory is not the only incentive on the final day of the Winter Series. Two other boats will fight for third place on the podium. It is about the Australian Yeahnah, led by Jan Ekert, and the German Powwow, led by Michael Cäsar Zankel, tied on points after both having a fairly discreet performance in today’s test on Saturday, with a fifth and eighth place, respectively. The rest of the fleet, up to the 18 ships from six countries that have taken part in the V Puerto Portals Dragon Winter Series, is far from the fight for the places of honor.
The competition, organized by the Puerto Portals Regatta Club, began on October 19 and so far has consisted of 17 sleeves, divided into three rounds and what has been disputed from the fourth. The conditions have been varied in the Bay of Palma, although the days of medium or weak winds have prevailed.