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