After 9 races home-town sailor Greg Gust holds a slim lead over Brazilian Joao Hackerott at the North Americans. The fleet got 3 more races in on Friday, and there is now a throwout calculated in the scores. Stewart Draheim is also in the mix in 3rd place, just 7 points behind Gust.
Racing concludes today (Saturday), with the sailors expected to be off the water by mid afternoon.
After a delay to wait for the wind, the fleet got 3 more races in on Thursday. Consistency continued to be hard to come by, but Brazil's Joao Hackerott managed a 3rd, a 5th and a 4th to take the lead after 6 total races.
The best day belonged to Stewart Draheim of Texas, who had a 4th and two 2nds to end up 3rd overall. Greg Gust, sailing in his home waters, is in 2nd place.
With Day-1 in the books, the sailors will get back on the water this morning in Texas. Conditions thus far have been hot and very shifty, leading to several light-air hot-shots at the top of the leaderboard. Competitors said the right side paid off more than the left on Wednesday, but the biggest thing was to stay out of the middle, where the wind often disappeared completely.
Among the more intriguing performances on the first day was (barely) teenager Savannah Baus, who sits tied for 6th with current world champ Francisco Renna. She seems like an interesting and driven young sailor. You can read about here here http://www.savannahbaus.com/
3 races completed. Greg Gust takes the lead. Scores ping-ponging all over the place. Results posted here
545 p.m. (ET) June 24
JOAO HACKEROTT of Brazil wins race 2 and takes overall lead. 59 boats competing. Consistency at a premium with high Texas heat and very light winds. Scores all over the map as weather apps indicate wind is extremely light and shifting 30-40 degrees throught the Southwest. Results posted here