DAY 2 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

SECOND DAY 2103 EUROPEANS.
The second day of racing was held under beautiful sunny skies, with an
8 to 12 knot southeast wind. Once again, the seaway was someone
Lumpy.
Multiple start attempts, which invariably feature the black flag, have become standard procedure at this regatta.
The form guide is starting to tighten after races with Steve Brewin leading the event from Mischa Heemskerk, with Andrew Landenberger third. Close behind in equal fourth place are Stephen Brayshaw, and Poland’s Jacek Noetzel. These five are the boats seem to be in a class of their own, and have a clear degree of point separation from the remainder of the fleet.
Steve Brewin has a very consistent performance with a scorecard of 1, 2,1,2. The weather forecast for the remainder of the week looks to be more of same, with winds predicted at around the 10-knot level, so at this stage I think that we can pencil in Brewin as the most likely winner.
Mischa is the heavy wind specialist, particularly when sailing downwind, and he seems to have mastered foiling downwind on the DNA with its curved J boards, but there does seem to be a trade off in terms of upwind performance.
Race 3 was won be Brewin, Heemskerk 2nd, Jacek Noetzel 3rd.
Local lad Manuel Calavia, Brewin 2nd, with Noetzel capping another good day with another third, won race 4.
The performance of Noetzel at this regatta has been outstanding, sailing on the Polish designed and built Exploder. He has certainly exploded onto the scene.
More racing today (Wednesday). Looking out the window at the moment, it is windless and overcast. Hope we get today’s races in on time. Tomorrow is a scheduled lay day, and I want to see the sights of Barcelona!

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