The fourth day of racing began with a final workshop given by Sofia Truchanowics the Polish Jury member who is an expert on Rule 42. We have been very lucky to have such an experienced international jury guiding us through the event. Today’s workshop was on sculling, which is the way helms can propel their boat forward by moving the tiller.
We thought we might get more rain today but luckily it was another lovely day with variable, but very manageable winds, averaging 12 knots, gusting 15 knots occasionally. The racing began at 11:00 am and the race committee were very pleased to be able to fit in four races today. We now have 10 races completed and hope to hold a final 2 races tomorrow to complete a 12 race series. After the 11th race the fleet will be able to discard their two worst scores using only their 10 best results towards their final score.
Everyone will be very focused tomorrow, knowing exactly who they need to beat in order to improve their position in the fleet.
After the racing tomorrow, the charter boats will have to be returned to Zou and everyone’s sails packed away for their trip home. The closing ceremony will be held on the beach at Mnarani Beach Club at 5:00 pm. Individual prizes will be awarded for the Overall Winners, the Best African Boy and Girl Sailors, the Best Female Sailor overall and the winning team from the Team Racing. We will be sad to say farewell to out guests but many new friendships have been forged and I am sure they will all meet again at future events. At the closing ceremony the flag will be handed on to next year’s hosts of the event - Tunisia.