Worlds Report by MSB, Touch Pause Engage

Although I felt disappointed with our overall result, it was a great regatta.

The organisation by RQYS was outstanding, from the measuring process through to communication and general conduct of the regatta.

The competition was fierce and the standard throughout the fleet high. It was noticeable how many renowned sailors found it very difficult to recover from poor positions. The long start lines and currents created opportunities and mysteries. I’m sure most are still trying to work it out!

Often one would feel well positioned with 500m to go to the top mark, only to have a shift to left or right and bring in 30 boats. The top mark roundings were generally ok, the bottom mark roundings were interesting to say the least when in a mid-fleet position.

The Race Officials did a pretty good job in difficult conditions throughout.

The Pre Worlds were held in ‘breezy’ conditions and the Worlds in ‘light’ conditions. This created challenges for many. The Pre Worlds at least resulted in that Grant Crowle Chinese gybe shot!

The use of trackers and drones really helped bring the event to life and is setting the standard for future regattas.

Michael Stovin-Bradford

 

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