Wild Day For Racing
The leftover wind from the frontal system was a bit too much for the skiffs to handle. Sailors were sent out at 10:30 in a clearing Peler, the northerly wind, but after 2 laps, the race was abandoned and sailors scurried back to Fraglia Vela Riva to wait for the wind to drop.
Sustained wind in the upper teens seemed a bit too much for some with the Russians loosing their mast, but the upper level teams were disappointed to be sent in. After several hours, the Gold fleet returned to only complete 1 race for the day.
It was shifty and puffy with the Swedish team capsizing and losing valuable places and Allan Norregaard and Anders Thomsen of Denmark capitalizing on the day, although not using their newly perfected trapeze technique as the unstable conditions weren’t the best.
Tomasz Januszewski and Jacek Nowak (POL) remain in second overall despite a 22 in today’s racing. Former ISAF Youth World gold medallist James Peters with Ed Fitzgerald (GBR) scored a 2nd in today’s race moving them to 8th overall in the standings and 4th Youth team. Spanish brothers Carlos and Anton Paz sit in 3rd overall.
Jan Hauke Erichsen and Max Lutz remain the top Youth team and sit in 5th overall. No races were held for the Silver fleet today but the starting gun will be shot at 10am tomorrow morning with hopes for 3 races for each fleet. The forecast for typical Garda conditions, which is what everyone came for.
Racing continues tomorrow. The final series will be held in Theatre style with a 4-round knock-out style racing and a Grand Final series to be held on the last day with the final 4 boats.
Live tracking is provided by regatta partner SAP with live internet broadcast on the final 2 days.
Nota sobre la forma de adrizar de los daneses que ya trae polémica
Danish 2012 Bronze medallist Allan Norregaard with new crew Anders Thomsen have been testing a rather unconventional form of crewing which landed them in the jury room a few nights ago. Ruled legal by the Int. Jury, Norregaard and Thomsen talked about the theoretical ‘ultimate trapezing’ technique that has been unleashed on the fleet this week on Lake Garda during the SEIKO 49er European Championship.
While sailing upwind, Norregaard passes the tiller to Thomsen, and then climbs up him until he’s standing on his shoulders. Norregaard commented that “it works in stable conditions; 15-20 knots and Lake Garda is the perfect place.” The two of them are so good at it that it looks natural. From a distance it’s hard to tell things are amiss but up close it’s apparent just how much leverage they are creating. This also raises the question of windward/leeward and boat lengths when it comes to mark roundings.
Initially the fleet was upset; some in awe. Some teams have tried to replicate and French coach Nicolas Huguet commented, “Our teams tried and had difficulty; more credit to them.” No doubt there will be discussion in the near future to adjust the Class rules.