Split Olympic Sailing week, An April weekend of Laser Wars

By , 18 Apr 2017, 20:21 PM News
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With a near no-show on the wind front, it was touch and go last weekend in Split for the Split Olympic Sailing Week 2017. 

The well-respected, Split based, JK Labud sailing club has been host to the Split Olympic Sailing Week for 13 years. Although the SOSW regatta is open to all Olympic Sailing Classes; this was a weekend of Lasers. Sailors competed in the Laser Standard, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7.

This Croatian regatta used to be held in March and despite slightly colder conditions in March, the earlier date attracted a much more diverse mix of boat classes. Unfortunately, now it falls between two huge regattas; the 'Trofeo Princesa Sofia Cup' in Palma, Mallorca and the World Cup in Hyeres, France. This scheduling amendment has made SOSW somewhat logistically impractical for many Olympic class sailors. Hence, a Laser-dominated course.

This 3-day regatta saw sailors on a drawn-out, standby for wind in an ordinarily, dependable breezy Split. Opening day was a write-off. No sailing. At all. On day 2, there was yet more waiting; a light sea breeze of around 6 knots picked up and one race was scraped in. The third and final day of racing welcomed South-Easterly wind, Jugo. Three races were completed in a decent, 10-14 knots of wind. With three races being the minimum requirement for a race committee to conclude results, this regatta was very nearly without outcome.

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The Laser Standard class saw Cypriot Olympic Silver medalist, Pavlos Kontides, take home Gold. Hvar Islander and upcoming conqueror of the laser class, Filip Jurišić, came second and Split-born, Tonči Stipanović, Croatian Olympic Bronze medalist secured third place.

Laser Radial champ was Russian female, Elena Vorobeva, new member of JK Labud sailing club and amongst the younger, next-generation of pros, Ilija Marković from Montenegro secured Gold in Laser 4.7.

More photos and full lists of entries can be found at the official JK Labud webpage 

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  • The roads are wet and slippery in Gorski kotar mountain area and in the northern coastal area. During the day difficulties can be expected in roadwork areas - there are traffic jams on the A1 motorway after Lučko paytoll 5th-8th km in direction Karlovac, 20th-19th km in direction Zagreb. In Učka tunnel in Istria one lane is free only tonight (25 April) 10pm-6am. Drivers are invited to keep distance and to adjust the speed to road conditions. With the bad weather the headlights have to be on during the day as well. One lane is free only/traffic is flowing in reduced lanes on the following motorways:-A2 Zagreb-Macelj between Zaprešić and Zabok junctions 20th-18th km in both directions; -A3 Bregana-Lipovac between Kutina and Novska junctions 119th-120th km in both directions; -A6 Rijeka-Zagreb at Svilno viaduct 78th-80th km between Orehovica and Čavle junctions in each direction till 1 June; -A8 in Istria on the section Lupoglav-Učka tunnel. Roadworks on the A4 Zagreb-Goričan motorway (Zagreb detour road): - till 9 June traffic is suspended in the entrance lane of Kraljevečki Novaki from direction Sesvete and Dugo Selo towards Ivanja Reka junction, there is a local detour; in the roadwork area traffic is flowing in reduced lanes; - till 26 April traffic is suspended in the exit lane of Popovec junction from direction Goričan towards Popovec, detour for direction Vrbovec-Popovec: Sveta Helena junction (A4)-Sveta Helena-DC3 Goričica-Belovar-Žerjavinec-Soblinec-Popovec junction, for direction Goričan (A4)-Sveta Helena: Komin junction (A4)-DC3-Sveti Ivan Zelina-Donja Zelina-Žerjavinec-Soblinec-Popovec. Lepenica rest area (at 57th km) on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway is closed till 15 June, the previous rest area and petrol station is the one Ravna Gora (at 30th km), the next one Cernik-Čavle (17,8 km away from Lepenica). Due to roadworks traffic is suspended: -on the DC1 state road in Lučko and Stupnik (Zagreb); -on the DC8 Adriatic road at Posedarje; -on the DC6 state road, section Glina-Dvor border crossing, detour: Glina (DC37)-Petrinja-Hrvatska Kostajnica-Dvor. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only:-on the DC1 state road in Knin until 14 July; -on the DC1 state road at Klinča Sela, Tušilović and Mostanje; -on the DC1 Sinj-Klis Grlo state road at Dicmo; -on the DC8 Adriatic road on the section Kaštel Stari-Kaštel Gomilica, at Podstrana, on the section Zaton Doli-Bistrina, at Srebreno; -on the DC66 Pula-Most Raša state road; -on the DC75 Poreč detour road, section Vrvari-Bijela; -on the DC62 Veliki Prolog-Metković state road at Most Metković.
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  • During the day difficulties can be expected at the border crossings with Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary due to traffic density and occasional additional controls. Passenger traffic is dense at: -Bregana (an hour) and Kaštel (30 minutes) in the outbound direction. Freight traffic is heavy at: -Ilok (30 minutes), Erdut (2,5 hours) and Tovarnik (3,5 hours) in the inbound direction, -Tovarnik (30 minutes), Rupa (30 minutes), Pasjak (45 minutes), Bregana (3,5 km) and Bajakovo (2 km) in the outbound direction. In the inbound bus traffic there are delays at Erdut (2,5 hours), in the outbound at Pasjak (45 minutes) and Rupa (30 minutes). Due to roadworks at Županja and Slavonski Brod border crossings delays can be expected. At Harmica border crossing traffic is allowed for vehicles up to 7,5 tonnes only.
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  • Rijeka-Rab-Novalja, Split-Hvar-Vela Luka-Ubli and Split-Hvar-Korčula catamarans do not operate due to strong wind. Zadar-Ošljak-Preko ferry does not stop at Ošljak port. Other ferries operate regularly.
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