Day 3 at the 2013 African Course Racing Championships and stunning but challenging conditions delivered an impressive kiting spectacle at Soma Bay in Egypt. With winds gusting up to 32 knots, four races were held for each of the men’s and women’s fleets, with the reigning World Champions Johnny Heineken and sister Erika Heineken relishing the conditions to launch their attack on the leader board.
Today marked the first day of final series races for the men, who were split into gold and silver fleets. In the first race for the men, it was Joey Pasquali and Tomek Janiak that stepped off the line with a bold move – starting on port and crossing the rest of the fleet – which rewarded them both with top 10 finishes. But it was the reigning Course Racing World Champion, American Jonny Heineken who brought all his experience into play and left the fleet behind him. He was first at the leeward gate, followed by Riccardo Leccese, who at this point was still the series leader. Heineken kept his lead all the way to the finish line and celebrated victory and the start of his push up the leaderboard. Leccese did not seem so happy with his performance – but he was simply out raced. Onto the second race of the day, and again Heineken led the fleet to the bottom gate, but this time chased by Brazilian Wilson Veloso and Leccese in third. But, Leccese dug deep and passed the Brazilian to score another second place finish, leaving Veloso to cross the line in third. A repeated performance for the next two races of the finals, with Heineken continuing to claim the race wins, sees him topping the leaderboard, with Leccese in second and yesterday’s overall runner up Florian Gruber, knocked down into third