July 20, 2007 20:52
Lake Como was a great location for the Formula 18 Europeans last week. The organisers did a great job with 14 races over 4 days, after we lost the first day of the regatta to no wind.
Sailing with Ryan Crawford as the Fat Face Team, we had a blinder of a week with several race wins to our credit and a host of 2nds. We found the conditions just to our liking with a mix of shifty and gusty northerly winds on the first day and then the southerly breeze kicked in for the last 3 days of the regatta and it was a get to the west shore for more pressure.
The sun shone and the wind blew we had a great time and no injuries for the crew this time (Ryan kept all his teeth in his mouth rather thn loosing some like he did at Texel when he bit the front beam).
The Nacra Infusion was great and we felt fast all week and this combined with a bit of punchy starting and some good positioning everything came together well.
We went into the last race day with all to play for, a point off the lead. Unfortuantely we were scuppered on the second and third races just off the start line and this hampered us a lot. We finished the last day with a solid 5th place in the last race.
This put us in 2nd overall, really pleasing and a great way to finish off the second major F18 regatta of the year after the F18 worlds in AUS in February. Just as good was that our fellow Nacra Infusion team mate Mischa Heemskerk and Sebastian Tentij won the event, big up Team NACRA!!!
July 07, 2007 22:14
Today the first day for the iShares Cup Marseille Extreme 40 catamaran regatta.
I was tactician trimmer up and downwind and had plenty on. We had 15 knots in the early morning and this gradually died through the day and we ended with a 5 race series with us finishing the day in 3rd position overall with Sunday and Monday to go. Another 10 races planned and all to play for!!!
We are pleased so far and fired to don better tomorrow as we had a few elements of our racing game which needed improvement for this regatta. Namely the starts and this has been a whole lot better than in Munich.
I was calling the shots and enjoyed it very much with the guys Nick Malone (Vendee Globe yachtsman), Seb Josse (ABN Amro 2 fame), and David Carr of Victory Americas cup challenge. Now looking forward to tomorrow and the fun starts at lunch time.