Strong winds, steep sea and a real hefty day at the office describes very well the setting for today’s action on the water. About the time where the sailors headed out for the first race, there was a good 15-17 knots breeze with the waves already being quite bumpy. Following the first start, the wind gradually increased up to the 25 kts. ++ with the waves getting more and more intense. After two races, the race committee sent the sailors back to be the beach. Pasta was served in the Hobie Village with the ordeals of the day being subject for quite animated sharing and discussions! ;-)
The leaders (pending protests) after day 2 are:
CEDRIC BADER/LAURENT BADER (FRA) consolidated their lead with another two bullets.
Hobie Wild Cat
JULIEN FERAUD/CHARLES GATE (FRA). About 2/3 of the fleet stayed on shore.
ALFREDO BERNAD (ESP). The class stayed on shore.
Hobie FX-One Double
CARLES VICENS/IGNASI SITGES (ESP). The class stayed on shore.
The weather forecast for tomorrow indicates a bit more peaceful conditions.
When the sailors went on the water around noon it was in about 15 knots of wind. Wind increased in periods up 20 knots gusting up to about 25. This in combination with a pretty rough sea. Perfect and genuine Hobie 16 conditions as more exited and tired sailors claimed after the four races of the day. Nevertheless, the tough conditions took their toll in the Hobie 16 class with capsizes and retreats to the beach.
The high aspect square top sails of the Wild Cats and FX-Ones in combination with the prevailing conditions left the sailors of these classes even less margin for mistakes. To put it differently the distance between success and swimming proved subtle! ;-)
After three days of racing and one waiting for wind the Hobie 16 SPI Youth and Hobie 14 concluded today. The youth got eleven races and the Hobie 14s nine. These in quite varied conditions with everything from light and reasonably flat up to about twenty knots and more rough wave conditions.
The Danish Bjoernholt brothers ruled the youth discipline far and away almost from the beginning. Their main challenges were an OCS and making it in time for the prize giving! ;-) A bi-cycle gave up.
Hobie 14 winner:
Wolfgang Ehrich (GER)
Hobie 16 SPI Youth winners:
1. Daniel & Nicolaj Bjoernholt (DEN)
2. Thomas Tiffon/Maureen McGrogan (FRA)
3. Alexandre Molina/Vianney Salvi (FRA)
The Hobie 16 Cut Party went into full swing following the celebration of the HC14 and HC16 Youth winners. Pretty sure some are still partying! ;-)