Vintage Yachting Games 2012

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  • Olympiajol Thursday 12 July 2012, By Thies Bosch, NED 66

    Posted on July 18th, 2012 Nancy No comments

    The initial resting day was sacrificed in order to catch up and reach a total of 5 races during four days. A low daily average but who cares: the scenery and setting  is great.

    So, all boats on the water following the normal discipline: the wind turns around one O’clock and falls from the Swiss Alps over the Como lake. Complete predictability until the clouds prevent the Alps to warm up. This was the reason one racing day had to be skipped. But not today: nature behaved like Swiss clockwork!

    At the first, very sharp, start nobody return after the signal. So somebody in the fleet had DSQ sword hanging above him, but who? A small but strong group of strong Dutch sailors lead the race. Boat builder Herman van Eijk, sail maker Martin Baas and the former European Champion Ton op de Weegh. The latter won this title also on this beautiful Italian lake so the odds were in his favour. And Herman nor Martin could not lose as all three sailed van Eijk boats and Hagoort sails. But it was not that Ton got the victory for free, only in the last part he managed to push his boat first over the finish line. Followed by Herman, Martin, Harry Voss (GER), Klaas de Boer (European Master 2012) and Andre Kliver (GER). But, who got it wrong at the starting line? It was Herman Van Eijk who should have build his Olympiajol 10 centimetre shorter in order to have started correctly!
     
    After all Olympiajols had finished the committee did not lose time and went straight forward to the second race. And this race you can typecast as very interesting. As, race after race, one lesson was paramount: It’s the Wall, stupid! No exceptions: upwind the mountain pays off. But here, suddenly, in the fifth race collective insanity tried to bend reality: almost the complete fleet went for the opposite side.  Did they really think nature would be impressed and obey? Later excuses: we saw the wind fading close to the wall, were waek. With a smile from ear to ear four dull but conservative sailors continued heading to the wall and had a very laid back race: Ton first, followed by Thies Bosch, Harry Voss and Stefan Domok (GER). The gap was wide but Klaas de Boer was best of the rest. For Ton it was his third consecutive victory!

    So, where are we in the provisional standing? Ton op de Weegh (10 points) leading before Martin Baas (14 points), Thies Bosch, Harry Voss and title defender Max Blom. Max, sailing his new, Magic Marine labelled sail has accepted to give up the prolongation of the Vintage Games title. But Ton and Martin are still close and the last days will decide.

    In the evening a Gala dinner took place around the market square of Bellano. Beautiful setting, good food, not enough beer and wine but interesting chats with the other sailors and their partners. Some of them had it wrong and over estimated the word Gala during this Vintage Games, ending up very overdressed under the nice Italian evening sun…

  • The Latest from Lake Como

    Posted on July 14th, 2012 Nancy No comments

    Waiting for wind seems to be the theme of this week. Yesterday all the classes started the race, only three classes finished one race; FD,Tempest and Soling now all have 6 races in.

    Again today the racecommittees wanted tot start early but since there’s no wind we wait…..

    We will keep you informed!

  • Tempest Report july 12

    Posted on July 13th, 2012 Nancy No comments

    BEFORE THE START

    We were in the harbour, waiting for the lazy wind to wake up.  Then, we saw the nice line and the darker color of the windy part of the lake… good to race again!

    RACE 4
    DURING THE START
    All Tempests were 100%  ready to compete, and the fleet gathered on the right of the start line. We decided to stay ahead of them, and found ourselves in the wake of SUI1136 ( “super-Mario” and his crew Andreas). We were stopped by the many sails catching the wind on starboard, so we had to go again to the right. Not a bad choice, but our old boat really suffers from a lack of speed.

    FIRST BEAT
    As usual, a fleet split in two, and only a few boats to the right including SUI 1122 with Cornelia & Ruedi Kristen (2nd on the general ranking). They were quick enough to round the mark in the 5 first boats, but we were slower and had already 1 mn to the previous boat.
    TO THE BOTTOM MARK
    Spinnaker, jibe or not, and all this sort of thing…
    SECOND BEAT
    To be frank, I do not remember anything… races are getting a bit mixed in my memory.
    TO THE SECOND BOTTOM MARK
    Hmm… do not remember a lot either.
    FINAL BEAT
    I nice starboard tack allowed us to go up to the line, but we did not regain time to the other boats.

    AT THE FINISH LINE
    Again, Rolf won the race ! and we kept our ranking as usual.

    AFTER THE RACE
    Go back to the start line for race 5.

    RACE 5
    BEFORE THE START

    Big strategic change: go to the left part of the campo !
    DURING THE START
    We were on the line and accelerated to the blue buoy (left mark of the line) but lost speed to GER 1182 (Rolf Bahr & Christian Spranger), and GER 1180.
    FIRST BEAT
    We had to increase the tension of the main sail along the boom, and lost a few seconds.   For the first time in these regattas, the French champion team Gérard Aumont & Régis Viateur on FRA1182 rounded the mark first. They were chased as usual by SUI 1122, and Rolf was in the middle of the fleet. I measured 1’30 of delay between the 14th boat and us at the mark… need to change something (boat/ helmsman or both ?).
    TO THE BOTTOM MARK
    There was a tough fight that did not benefit to the frenchies… would lost the lead.
    SECOND BEAT
    Again very beneficial on starboard tack, but we kept to the right to allow the disturbed wind from the FDs & Solings fleets. We reduced the distance with FRA1176 to 50 meters.
    TO THE SECOND BOTTOM MARK
    Unchanged ranking. Maybe I have to explain the name of our boat: “espoir de vent II”. In french, it means “hoping for wind” and we selected that name among others because wind is neither frequent nor strong in Seine Port were we usually sail. In addition, French readers can read it “espoir-devant” : (dreaming of being ahead ot the others…).  This is our second tempest, but maybe a third one  (more recent than 1974) will be necessary to achieve this goal…
    FINAL BEAT
    Two tacks and the race is finished.
    AT THE FINISH LINE

    The excellent husband & wife team from Switzerland won again. The 2nd place of our International Tempest Association President, Manfred Schumi, was a good surprise: he finally woke up ! Rolf finished 8th: he tried “extreme options” that were not profitable.

  • Race report from your Tempest Reporter Jean Marie

    Posted on July 13th, 2012 Nancy No comments

    Race Report Tempest Wednesday

    A quick reminder about july 10th:
    Well, we were a bit disappointed to miss the good north wind in the morning. Once again, Murphy’s law fully applied (you know the description of the rule: “if it can, it will….”). So we craned the boat in wavy conditions around 12, went to our sailing zone,  saw the wind shift from north to west and slowly die, then blow again from the north but too late , following the race committee decision at 4 PM (You’ll see they were right to do so by reading the story about the cancelled 4th race of July 11).

    So on this Wednesday 11th, we had again a nice weather after the strong north wind that lasted the whole night.  The thermic wind was a bit late and Tempests were ready to start around 2:30 PM, for the “double banana” course.
    DURING THE START
    Always the same question: what is the “good side “ ?  No idea, so we stayed in the middle of the line. Most of the boats gathered to the blue mark (left). GER1128 helmsman, Rolf BAHR (our several times champion) recommended me to go to the left, but he soon tacked after the start (!), and so did we.
    FIRST BEAT
    For the boats sailing to the right, the wind was just ahead of us and soon hit our sails (this side was again the good one !). The fleet, splitted in two parts, finally gathered at the upper mark and we were 10th when rounding it (noticeable achievement !). One boat managed to insert on port tack between a Tempest on starboard tack and the mark but hit the buoy and had to  “repair” her fault by making a 360° turn.
    TO THE BOTTOM MARK
    Do not try the direct route with a Tempest, particularly slow in this configuration.  Most of the fleet had their spinnakers on starboard; we just lengthened a little bit our “dog leg” to avoid one jibe.
    We suffered from another occurrence of Murphy’s law: the spinnaker refused to go up and part of it went below the hull, because of a blockage in the halyard, due to a small piece of tape that prevented the pulley from rolling…we solved the issue and try to regain the 100 meters we lost.
    SECOND BEAT
    The second beat was very profitable on starboard tack: we managed to benefit from the wind shift up to 175° (straight to the mark) during a long while. We were still behind at the upper mark, but closer to FRA 1176 (less than 50 meters).
    TO THE SECOND BOTTOM MARK
    The spinnaker was correctly established this time, and we made it to the bottom mark without jibe (we were a bit lazy, but our rank wouldn’t change…)
    FINAL BEAT
    Stick to the right !
    AT THE FINISH LINE
    Guess who won ? Again Rölf BAHR and his crew Christian SPRANGER. As for us, we again closed the list…
    AFTER THE RACE
    Another one… it was a fine idea to stick to the right as we passed the upper mark with 5 boats behind us, but the wind finally died in the second beat to bottom mark, while a gale was arriving quickly from the north part of the lake. We made it quickly to the harbour, and we all arrived safe. We were not allowed to moor our boat side to side with another one, so we moored in the middle of two Slipways: I tell you, the Italians always have a solution !

    We doubled the moorings to prevent any trouble during the night, and climbed into the rubber boat who took us back to Circolo Vela from the harbour ( we were jumping high in the waves as  if we were at sea). I have to congratulate the driver for his accurate “landing” into the garage, without hurting the piers, although waves up to 60 cms (20 fts) were shaking us very hard.

    The Swiss team (with a position of 6 in this race) lost their first place to Rölf & Christian from Germany . You will also notice – not very common in France – the fairness of the French teams filling the bottom part of the result sheet: 11/13/14/15 on 15 boats!