Cape Gazette

Sunfish sailors compete with weather

With five races complete, Peru's Zimmerman leads
Oct 09, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Alexander Zimmerman of Peru has won two races so far and sits in first place after five races.

Over the first two days of competition in the 2013 Sunfish World Championship, the weather has had the upper hand. Five races were completed Oct. 7 and 8, but sailors faced a postponement Oct. 9 and 10, as winds gusted to 40 mph on the Delaware Bay.

After the first two days, unofficial results show Alexander Zimmerman of Lima, Peru, in the lead, but the top three racers are separated by only three points. Paul-Jon Patin of Forest Hills, N.Y., and David Mendelblatt of St. Petersburg, Fla., are tied for second.

The top local racer is Steve Evans of Lewes in 39th place. More than 70 of the world's top Sunfish class sailors are competing for the world title in the event hosted by the Lewes Yacht Club.

Depending on the weather, races are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11. Race organizers had planned to get in 12 races.

Sailors prepare to get out on the bay on the first day of racing. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Lewes sailor Connie Miller gets some help from her father, Rowland Marshall, as she prepares to race. Miller is also chairwoman of the event. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sunfish, with the official world champion sails, are ready to race. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The flags of the countries participating in the 2014 World Sunfish Championship are silhouetted by a spectacular sunset Oct. 8 at the Lewes Yacht Club. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sunfish sailors are learning to navigate the tide and current in the Delaware Bay. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sunfish sails crowd Lewes beach after the second day of racing on the Delaware Bay. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Steve Evans of Lewes gets his boat ashore after four races on Oct. 8. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Taps brings a day of racing to an end at the Lewes Yacht Club. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Local sailor Nick Carter of Lewes prepares to race on the first day of the regatta. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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