Thousand Islands Race has started
24 September 2018
today at noon major of Rijeka Mr Vojko Obersnel symbolically
signalled start of the 6th Thousand Islands Race outside Rijeka
harbour with a long horn sound from harbour master’s rescue vessel
“Vid” used as signalling boat. In spite of prognosis for 278 NM long
route calling SE at first and then NE (Bura) of 25 knots gusting up
to 40 knots the start has been hit by drifting conditions.
Forecasted winds caused several boats among 17 entrants from 10
countries to give up the attempt shortly before the start. However,
such prognosis could give possibility to obliterate existing first
leg record that i
s currently holding Hungarian Wild Joe of 27:24:25 hours established in 2015. Wild Joe reappeared this year fully renewed with addition of Dynamic Stability System that horizontally protrude from boat’s hull giving extra stability. Austrian Godspeed Farr 52 owned by Peter Steinkogler is participating first time and together with Wild Joe took the lead shortly after starting at the first rounding mark. The biggest boat is 22 m long Hungarian Casiopea 68 of Demeter Nobilis arriving straight from Barcelona. Slovakian Lucia X with Croatian crew, members of Sailing Club Plav from nearby island Krk, that is also winner in its group at Middle Sea Race last year, has also participated in all Thousand Islands Races to date. However, first to cut the starting line in Rijeka was Stribor chartered by Montenegrin crew, members of Sailing Club Delfin from Tivat, so until the end of first leg we may expect interesting battle in real time and under corrected time.
Sailing from Rijeka to Tivat means racing passes literally among thousands of islands, hence the regatta name. Islands Unije, Susak, Premuda, Dugi otok, Kornat, Vis, Lastovo and Sveti Andrija on the first leg shall be left on starboard. Except marks at start and finish lines there is no other course limitations and each crew may choose fastest course at will and skill. First boats at finish line in Tivat are expected during Monday 24 September.