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    Aspire returns to 5.5 Metre circuit to dominate opening day of Swiss Open




    The 5.5 Metre class is famous for going to nice venues, but no one was really prepared for how nice the first day of the 2022 Swiss Open turned out. Aspire (POL 17, Mateusz Kusznierewicz, Przemysław Gacek, Edward Wright) took three race wins to lead overnight with Caracole (SUI 214, Bernard Haissly, Nicolas Berthoud, Daniel Stampfli) winning the third race to sit in second on equal points with Ali Baba (BAH 23, Flavio Marazzi, Max Salminen, Gregoire Siegwart).




    With the forecast for the next few days looking less than pleasant, the race officer took the decision to run four races on Tuesday and with 8-12 knots and searing temperatures it was a day of tropical sailing in Switzerland. The two-day Swiss Open is being hosted by Regattaverein Brunnen, on Lake Lucerne, followed by the two-day Rigi Cup. The fleet consisted o 16 5.5 Metres from six nations.





    There were a couple of new, though familiar, faces sailing today. Former Finn world champions Max Salminen, from Sweden, and Brit, Ed Wright were competing in their first 5.5 races.




    Aspire has been absent all season due to injury and had to pull out of the recent world championship, but they returned to the circuit today with Ed Wright replacing Simon Fry at the front and put on a good showing, winning three races and coming a close second in the third. -- Robert Deaves

    Top five after 4 races
    1. Aspire (POL 17, Mateusz Kusznierewicz, Przemysław Gacek, Edward Wright) 3 points
    2. Caracole (SUI 214, Bernard Haissly, Nicolas Berthoud, Daniel Stampfli) 7
    3. Ali Baba (BAH 23, Flavio Marazzi, Max Salminen, Gregoire Siegwart) 7
    4. New Moon III (BAH 25, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Herv? Cunningham) 10
    5. Marie Fran?oise XXII (SUI 232, J?rg Menzi-Schmid, J?rgen Eiermann, Andreas Honegger) 14

    Full results: https://www.manage2sail.com/en-US/ev...b-14ac3c91e192

    Full Gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fivepointfivemetre/

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