Imagine trying to pick your lanes through this mess of a 96-boat fleet. Race 1 winner Saramouche had a terrible start, tacked at the race committee boat, dug hard into the bottom right corner, tacked once and led all the way around.
It's amazing what you can learn and not learn when you sit and look at the replay of a 96-boat world championship.
Sailing World editor Stuart Streuli and I are at the 2012 J/24 Worlds in Rochester this week, which started today (Monday) with two incredibly tough and shifty races. There were 96 boats on the racecourse, so it was nearly impossible to keep track of who was winning, who was losing, and who was gaining on one beat or the next, and what was really working at any given moment. Every time I looked across the racecourse, bows were pointed every which way.
When editing our story of the RC44 class, I thought it interesting the number of energy industry millionaires that like that sort of sailing. There are quite a few high-rollers in this class, and for the upcoming 2011 series, they've added another.
Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández, of Spain, mark the completion of their 93-day non-stop (not technically) Barcelona World Race, second-place finish.
J.P. Dick and Loick Peyron may have won the Barcelona Race outright, but did the real winners come second?
Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández, the 49er wonder duo from Spain, followed ocean-racing greats J.P. Dick and Loick Peyron through the finish gate of the 2010 Barcelona World Race today, a close second place given all the miles sailed. But the Olympians and newcomes to Open 60 sailing have a footnote to add their finish: they never incurred a stopover penalty, as did the winning French duo (twice), and completed their lap in true non-stop finish. Well done, boys. Below is an excerpt of a press conference held today in Barcelona after their arrival.
Between races at the RC44 Oracle Cup San Diego, Pieter Hereema (right) talks tactics with his mainsail trimmer Lasse Berthelsen. Hereema's tactician Rod Dawson looks up the course.
You know the outcome of a race if the tactician spastically strips his baseball cap from his head and heaves it to the ground: “Thwap!” goes the hat as it smacks the cockpit sole . . .
You know the outcome of a race if the tactician spastically strips his baseball cap from his head and heaves it to the ground: “Thwap!” goes the hat as it smacks the cockpit sole. Thus was the scene moments after two hastily executed down-speed jibes mere boatlengths from the finish line. Pieter Heerema’s RC44 No Way Back had maneuvered its way to the near bottom of the 11-boat pile during first day of fleet racing at the Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego in March. “F$*!” cursed the team’s veteran Kiwi tactician tactician Rod Dawson upon finishing.