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  • 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.

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