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  • Race report from the Tempest Class

    Posted on July 10th, 2012 Nancy No comments

    In all the classes we’ve asked race reporters (sailors) to report on what’s going on in the races.

    In the tempest class the first report from the tempest class is from Jean Marie Thierry FRA 731.

    Since the authorities did not allow al the Tempests to be moored it was agreed to allow craning of Tempests every day,as we do in our club in Seine Port near Paris.

    There where not so many boats on the starting line most of the boats made it to the left mark which left only three boats near the committtee boat. It was a perfect start and alle the boats headed for the left part of the lake but one, our FRA 731….

    We tried the right side, then worried by the fact that we were alone we tacked and crossed ahead of a number of Tempests but then we “fell” in a wind hole and lost our advantage. (the conclusion was to never change your initial decision!).

    The first boat to round the top mark was GER 1128, with Rolf Bahr (more then 7 times world champion and former olympic  sailor in the Games of 1976).

    As expected, the fight was tough between other boats and you could identify the second at the mark, SUI 1122 (with a wife & husband crew, Cornelia und Ruedi KRISTEN)
    Mario Suter on SUI1136 and Gérard Aumont on FRA 1182 followed, and kept fighting for the third place until the finish line…
    We tried to “chase” the boats but they were more than 100 meters away. Before the jibing mark, we kept to the windy side to avoid those “wind holes” .We jibed properly (thanks to our “automatic pool launcher” copied from the 5O5.

    GER 1128 won the first race, followed by SUI 1122, and SUI1136

    15th on 15 boats… as we say  in French “l’important, c’est de participer” .

    Second race

    The 3 first FDs managed to arrive ahead of us, so we tacked to allow a fair competition between the first one (from spain) and the two followers (from Austria).
    We started at about 4 pm, with the small course (a “double banana” as we say in French). Wind slightly increased (but died later in the afternoon).Again, all boats made it to the left mark and we were only three boats to the right part of the line.

    Some boats were too optimistic and the individual recall flag was raised after the start.
    Fortunately, nobody was ranked OCS as the “culprits” quickly came back to the start line and rounded the left end mark.This time, we decided to keep to our initial choice. What a surprise, the marks had been moved to the right and we round it with 5 boats behind us ! SUI1138 rounded the mark first, thanks to his good position with respect to the fleet, again on the left part of the course.

    To the bottom mark
    The big issue was: jibe or not… we managed to make it directly to the mark with the spinnaker on port.  We kept our place, but SUI 1138 lost his first place.  Some boats were like “stucked” in dying winds.

    Lessons on the second beat.
    Keep away from the wind holes ! Anyway, we had to leave the right side and made a good  way to the mark , with a welcoming wind shifting to the right.  Anyway, we lost two places to quicker (and more recent boats).

    By keeping to the “good side”, we regained one place and finished twelve, with our 40 years old boat. Cornelia and Ruedi Christen in Sui 1122 came in first in this race followed closely by the Italian team in ITA 1035.

    Follow the “after race procedure”:
    1. go back to Circolo Vela Bellano (no wind more !)
    2. Crane the boat
    3. Grab the refreshing can offered, containing a bubbly liquid made from barley & others… they call it “birra” here.
    4. Jump into the lake and refresh your body
    5. Go to the pricegiving party in Dervio and refuel (energy)for tomorrow

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