The sailing venue was reasonable on the water though many observed we should be choosing warmer regions. The ramp was poor which resulted in about 20 boats moving to a ‘beach’ area , which segregated the fleet and reduced atmosphere.
Racing was tight and interesting , with substantial shifts on certain days.
Boat designs , fortunately in my opinion, didn’t surprise and nothing new jumped up to make obsolete the current boats.
The DNA ,Scheurer and Nikita reinforced their stats as the quickest platforms. There were quite a number of rigs but results were dominated by Brewin and Ashby with Landenberger also going very well as was Ben Moons’ Glaser sail.
Top 6 were:
|Anderson||Nikita||Fiberfoam 2011||Ashby Maxx|
|Collett||Scheurer||Fiberfoam 2011||Ashby Maxx|
|Calavia||DNA||Fiberfoam 2011||Ashby Maxx|
I thought quickest upwind in 6-14 knots were Ben Moon and myself. Downwind the usual guys were quick…Collett,Brewin,Landenberger,Baier,Calavia,Brayshaw, Benson in fact quite a few so it came down to being adaptable and flexible and going the right way in the shifty conditions.
In strong winds Brewin and Benson did well with good speed and excellent boat-handling and unfortunately is where I lost the regatta , struggling physically.
The starts were as always in a big fleet ultra important – getting off the line cleanly and avoiding tangles. The line was too short – they said 500m but seemed shorter – but if it was then Association should add 20% to its formula.
9 races with 2 discards is nonsense. One could strongly argue against discards at all. Certainly 2 is too many – in effect penalizing the consistent sailors and rewarding the miscreants. Tornados – the most scrutinized high performance cat of past 40 years have one. And new classes such as Extreme 40 have none – even though they often have 30+ races per regatta.
Seamanship is an important part of sailing and an important part of seamanship is boat preparation – if your boat breaks gear at sea you’re in big trouble.
And if you have a collision with someone then the rules are there. You’re in the right and you get compensated , you’re in the wrong – well maybe you’ll be more careful in future.
Another point for the Class is race committees. The A Class have wind limits of 5 knots minimum and 22 knots maximum. In Italy we had only 2 of 8 races that in my opinion were class legal. In Denmark Race 8 was consistently above 22 knots but not abandoned. 7 masts were broken, several sailors injured , many DNF’s and subsequent DNS’s for Race 9 .
The thing is the top guys were still up there – sailing beautifully. And the top ones could probably still keep going in even more breeze. But the majority cannot and damage like Race 8 is the result.
The Class – the majority of A Class sailors – endorsed these limits but they are simply not adhered to and this is something the Class really needs to address. It keeps recurring – especially at lower end of scale – but we do nothing about it. I have more thoughts on practical means to achieve this if the Association should decide so.
What was pleasing at Denmark was the continuing improvement of our young guys plus the dominance of our sailmakers. Glenn ,Steve,Landy are all right on top of their games and Cairnsy is also making some nice sails – just needs a platform.
So overall – well done Stevie – he hung in there at the end , also Jack,Landy,Brad,Steve Brayshaw , Ben Moon (pretending but failing to be a Sepo) – Aussie fleet should be proud of you all – well sailed .