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Waiting for the Bomb Squad . . .

Latest news from Crotone. Today when we woke up and open the curtain into our balcony, we realize that it rained during the night and all of Chiara’s sailing cloths were wet! So while she went for breakfast I dried with the hairdryer what I could, not a good start for the day.

At the club the day started with the opening ceremony of the regatta and then we were send out onto the water around 11.

The wind was so light that we towed the sailors to the starting line. There we waited for over one hour for the wind to settle to around 8 to 9 knots at 180 degree.

The conditions were very difficult with high waves, strong current and very light wind.

After the first race the wind had shifted to the left by 150 degree and we had to wait for the race officer to adjust the course.

Second race again with very light wind, I sometimes literally saw some boats coming out of a tack and moving backwards pushed by the waves. Again, very difficult conditions for our 2 sailors.

Third race same conditions of the second race but during the race the wind shift even more to the left, when the sailor turned at the downwind gate, they could have gone straight to the finish! They needed to make a couple of tacks as the current was so strong that is was pushing them off.

The start was also critical for our sailors. The 181 Juniors fleet was divided into 2 fleets, so 90 boats on the starting line, very challenging for them to protect their spot.

On a note of interest after more than a week that we are here we normally parked the boat inside the club yard. Today after the race we were asked to move the boat outside together with the other guest boats. Only the Turkish and the Israeli boats are allowed inside the club and tomorrow morning nobody is allowed around this boats before the bomb squad with the dogs secure the area, crazy!!!!

Let’s hope for a better race tomorrow.

Ciao – Fabrizio

RSA results after Day One (179 boats in Juniores Fleet & 68 in Cadets Fleet):
Alex – 71, 60, 66 = 148th
Chiara – 70, 63, 77 = 158th

All the results here

News from RSA 1445 in Italy

Thursday 23 February 2017

Our experiences here in Crotone so far.

Chiara’s journey to Italy started with a big surprise at the airport when she met Alex and realize he was coming to Crotone too, she was super happy not to be alone.

After a good flight to Rome we had a 7.5 hours bus ride to Crotone, where we arrived at 23.30. Alex spent the first night in Rome with his grandparents and arrived in Crotone only on Friday afternoon.

Friday afternoon Chiara had training together with the Crotone team coached by Alessio Frazzitta.

Saturday and Sunday Chiara and Alex participated in the Optisud regatta, with 131 boats in their category.

Saturday the wind was extremely light, less than 5 knots and both Chiara and Alex struggled to get off the line with some speed in all 3 races, compromising the final result for the day.

Sunday we had completely different conditions, wind over 15 knots a 20 degree shift to the left, current and 1.5 sometimes 2 meter waves. Alex had the perfect day making him climb up the results to 46. Chiara was a bit lazy not working the boat good enough with middle fleet result in all 3 races.

Monday and Tuesday both Chiara and Alex trained again with the Crotone team in the afternoon.

Wednesday there were no training scheduled so I borrowed a rib and took them out on the bay for some fun sailing.

Today the clinic with Maurizio Bencic coach of Malta team and Marcello Meringolo coach of the Italian team started.

The clinic is for 2 days and start 9 am and finish 5pm.

The next race, the Crotone Carnival Race will start on Saturday over 4 days and sees some big teams participating like Malta, Germany, Holland and many more.