Sunfish sailors compete with weather

With five races complete, Peru's Zimmerman leads
Alexander Zimmerman of Peru has won two races so far and sits in first place after five races. BY RON MACARTHUR
October 9, 2013

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.