July 23, 2012
29er World Championship – Day 1
After a long day on the water – with the last of the sailors returning at 8:30pm, the results see some familiar and some new names rising to the top. Faced with beautiful conditions with 8-12 knots of breeze for the first two fleets and light to dying winds for the last two, the two Race Committee’s were able to knock off 3 races per fleet for 3 flights and 2 races in the green flight.
With results still not available at 10pm, some of the early leaders (less one green race) form the other fleets are Lucas Rual/Kevin Fischer (FRA) lead with 5 pts, Aussies Tom Signanto/Joel Turner 8 pts; ISAF YW gold medallists Carlos Robles/Florian Trittle (ESP) 12pts. The remainder will have to be seen. The Race Committee will hold one more race for the Green fleet in the morning then reshuffle and sail the fleets again.
Australian Harry Price, sailing his first international regatta commented that he wasn’t very nervous but when asked about the conditions commented, “sort of our stuff, a bit tricky and light.” Harry’s plan for the remainder of the week? “just continue to get some good results, get some experience and have a bit of fun.”
Franco Greggi, 2011 World Champion from Argentina commented that it was a “very difficult day; we started very good and we didn’t expect to win the first race, but we continued and are happy with the day.” He and crew member Victoria Travascio scored a 1-9-3. When asked about their plan for the rest of the week, he commented “to go race by race, don’t hit any marks, don’t hit anybody and don’t get any letters.” Good words for any one to sail by!
Racing continues on Tuesday, July 24 with two more days of the qualifying series followed by three days of the final series. The prizegiving will be held on Saturday, July 28. Photos available on the Travemuender website; www.travemuender-woche.de Live reports and daily results: www.29erworlds.org Facebook: Int 29er Class.