After a tightly contested opening day that saw SSL Team Malaysia top the group by a single point, the stage was set for another tense encounter on Day 2. However, the South Africans broke the tension early, dominating Race 3 from the off.
Race 3: South Africa strikes back
SSL Team South Africa struck back to post their second win of the campaign. SSL Team Malaysia, unable to answer this time, sailed across the line in 2nd place. SSL Team India trailed further behind in 3rd.
As is often the case in sailing, the start proved to be the decisive moment. ‘Ubuntu’, captained by three-time Olympian Ian Ainslie, and SSL Team Malaysia stalked each other closely as the clock ticked down. The Monsoon tried to control the South Africans and force them wide of the pin, but SSL Team South Africa squeezed through the gap.
From there there was no looking back as Ubuntu stamped their authority on Race 3, taking victory with a commanding performance.
Take two tomorrow
Despite another disappointing day for SSL Team India , they will take comfort in only being 3 points behind their leading rivals. With two races expected on Saturday, the table can still be turned on its head.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sailing has its own World Cup, finally! Like football in 1930 and rugby in 1987, the SSL Gold Cup is designed to crown the best sailing nation of all! The World’s Top 56 countries , selected on their SSL Nation ranking, will battle their way through to raise the coveted and only Sailing World Cup trophy .
The SSL Gold Cup 2022 started on May 19th with the Qualifying Series in Grandson, Lake Neuchatel (Switzerland). All teams ranked from the Top 25 to 56 in the SSL Nations Ranking (based on January 2022 standings) will meet in eight groups of four teams each. There will be five stages, or rounds, until July 17th.
O nly the top two teams of each group will go through to the Final Series that will take place from October 28th to November 20th, 2022, in Bahrain.
- Teams qualified in Round 1: SSL Team Antigua & Barbuda, SSL Team Estonia , SSL Team Ireland , and SSL Team Tahiti .
- Teams qualified in Round 2: SSL Team Slovenia and SSL Team Lithuania .
- Teams qualified in Round 3: SSL Team Portugal, SSL Team Czech Republic , SSL Team Peru and SSL Team Chile.
- Teams qualified in Round 4: SSL Team Oman and SSL Team Cuba .