NZL-145 Epilogue

Was it worth it? A typical question after a mediocre performance. In my case the answer is an emphatic yes, not only because it was such a beautiful venue but also lessons learned. Catching up with old friends and acquaintances was also a big highlight. Pavel and I arrived had no preconceived idea how we […]

Getting There and Back

On Friday our container with all our boats and equipment left Genoa for the return trip to the US.  On board was an additional boat belonging to Javier Valdes from Mexico, who plans on moving it out to Santa Cruz to participate in preparations for the 2012 Worlds. The arrangements for all this can be […]

Worlds review

Lin & Richard heading upwind After all the stories and images before coming to Garda, I’d have to say in this case the anticipation could and did not exceed the reality. As all those attending know, we sailed in one of the World’s most beautiful places. Racing could be a very one sided affair tactically, […]

La fine

The 2011 FD World Championship finished up on Friday with HUN 70 taking top honors, closely followed by DEN 21 and NED 26  Results from both fleets can be found here. The early 09:00 start did not work out as the morning northerly continued to slowly die out and the race was first race was […]

Garda Lays Down

Thursday was to be the first day of the final Gold/Silver fleet series but the wind was no where to be seen.  Even such famous sailing venues as Garda can have their off days, it seems.  And yet while we are here for racing, there is something very satisfying about looking up at the mountains […]

Front Row Seats…sometimes

A better day for the US team. Paul and Pavel led at the first mark on the 1st race; got passed by Hungarians in the 2nd reach. Stayed in touch and 4th in that race, 2 boat lengths behind 2nd place. Pretty exciting stuff.  Staying on top requires not only good starts in such a […]

The Breeze Fills In

Garda revealed more patterns on Day 2 as more wind filled in, particularly for the second race of the day.  With more pressure, winds were more even over the course allowing for more open lanes to develop.  As on previous days, most of the fleet went left toward the shore but rather than short tacks […]

Opening Races

The opening races for 2011 WC were both exhilarating and sobering for many.  After two races HUN 70 is on top, closely followed by DEN 21 and NED 25.  Lin and Richard in USA 36 had 12th and 16th place finishes.  The rankings are based on scores across the 4 groups, so standings are somewhat […]

Sailing Instructions Revised

The Sailing Instructions were revised following concerns raised by competitors regarding the fleet size the course layout, plus other time limit issues.  Peter Hinrichsen, acting as Championship Commodore for this event, announced the changes at the Competitors Meeting on Sunday.  The new SIs call for the fleet to be split into four groups – red, […]

Practice Race and Opening Ceremony

The Practice Race held on Sunday include one start for the entire fleet as the new Sailing Instructions were not yet available.  The warning was to be at 13:00 but was moved to 15:30. An initial start that included over 100 boats was abandoned as it was not apparent where the start line was.  A […]