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Wollmann still in hunt after tough day

Prophectic words: Wollmann and her coach Cristian Noe of Argentina at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club Island clubhouse

Cecilia Wollmann’s predictions of a more challenging day’s racing proved prophetic although she still managed three top-ten finishes at the Pan Am Games.

Wollmann earned a superb second-place finish in Tuesday’s race on Lake Ontario, but found the conditions less easy to read in Toronto Harbour, where yesterday’s three races were held.

The 17-year-old came tenth in her first two races before finishing sixth in the third to leave her eleventh overall in the 16-boat Laser Radial fleet with 65 points.

Paige Railey, of the United States, leads with 27 points after seven races.

“It was a long, hard day with three races inside the harbour, so it was really shifty and puffy,” said the Saltus Grammar School pupil.

“The wind shifts were crazy and the puffs made it hard to figure out what was going to happen next.

“It was difficult to get the hang of because one second you were winning and the next you were last. I didn’t perform as well as yesterday but better than the day before.”

Cameron Pimentel enjoyed his best day out on the water, although he could not help wondering what might have been had he not made some costly mistakes at crucial stages.

He had been fourth for most of the second Laser race, but misread a change in the direction of the wind and plummeted down the positions.

Pimentel finished twelfth, eleventh and fourteenth in his three races, leaving him fourteenth in the 16-boat fleet with 86 points. Juan Maegli, of Guatemala, leads with 30 points.

“There were a lot of highs and lows for me today,” Pimentel said. “I was having my best race in the second race but I got out of phase with the wind shifts and that cost me a bunch of spots. It was so frustrating because I’d held fourth position for almost the whole race.

“All of the races were long and mentally taxing. There were so many wind shifts and choosing the right side was difficult.”

Pimentel also received his first yellow card for rocking his boat prior to the start of the third race, all but ending his hopes of finishing the day on a high in Toronto Harbour.

As the only sailor in the fleet who had not yet been penalised, Pimentel said the race officials were monitoring his every move, waiting for him to put a foot wrong.

“It was pretty funny because me and my coach [Dino Weber] were discussing how I was the only sailor who hadn’t got a penalty for illegal movements to make the boat go faster,” he said.

“[The jury] ended up following me for almost the whole day. I knew I was going to get flagged at some point and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

“They flagged me about five seconds before the start of the third race and I had to do a penalty turn at go. That left me way behind, although I did catch up quite a lot before I lost a bunch of spots by going to the wrong side of the course.

“The margins between success and failure are tiny. You can’t relax at all because the moment you do, you’re losing positions.”