Friday, December 31, 2010

I420 Worlds - After Day 2

So much for the pre-regatta light air wind forecast - the first two days of Worlds have been steady 15-20, gusting 25+ with the notorious massive BA chop. The young Team USA has experienced everything from great starts and solid upwind boatspeed to downwind capsizes and near catastrophic boat breakdowns.

Claudia/Amanda Taselaar are having the best, and most consistent regatta of the 3 teams, and are currently in 20th place in the Ladies division. They've sailed well, and most importantly, finished all three races solidily in middle of the fleet after 3 races.

Megan/Caroline were just head of mid-fleet in Race 1 yesterday when their mainsheet block blew out of the deck while blast reaching, a mere 100 yards from the finish. They crash flipped and were hit hard by another boat. Nobody was hurt, but the boat needed considerable fiberglass repair overnight to the mainsheet and the starbord hull, which was done perfectly by the local 420 builder - J-Boats (for whom the sailors are forever grateful). Unfortunately, since the failure occurred in the first race, they had to drop out of that race and were subsequently DNF in Race 2. The girls were back on the race course for race 3.

Reinier/Spencer have been getting solid starts and very strong upwind speed in the massive waves and 25 knot plus. Unfortunately for them, the downwind surfing has been a learning experience, with the team flipping in each race.

Team USA Coach Dave Hughes has been doing a great job of not only helping the sailors with their strategies, but even more importantly with the high wind/wave conditions - keeping the boats in nearly one piece and the sailors calm and focused for each race.

Tonight YCA is hosting a New Years Eve party at the club - which everyone is looking forward to attending. Sunday the RC plans 3 races to get back on schedule, and then 2 races per day thereafter. The forecast is for the breeze to ease up after tomorrow, down to 10-15. The lighter wind and reduced chop will be a welcome change for the team.

Mens Results
Ladies Results

Follow the action on the event Facebook page
Photos from the yacht club
Matias Capizzano has been taking fantastic pictures in the big air and big wave conditions.

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