We wished for more wind and we got it! After the proper warm-up in the gentle sea breeze on the first two days of our Junior World Championship it was time for some action. The NE bora wind came as a refreshment, it cooled the air a bit, and provided great sailing conditions in steady 13-18 knots, in the outer loop gusting even up to 25 kts, with waves that offered great downwind surfing to the more experienced crews.
Today’s second racing day began similar to yesterday’s. The start was initially scheduled for 1pm, but since the sea breeze was late again, the AP flag went down at around half past 12. The three fleets sailed to the racing course, positioned a bit deeper in the Piran bay than yesterday.
The R.C. could hardly wish for better conditions for the opening day of the 470 Junior World Championship here in Portorož, Slovenia. The sailors finished three races in nice sea breeze of maximum around 11 knots and averaging around 6-8, with a wind dropping significantly in the last race.
We had a busy day here at the 470 Junior World Championship in Portorož today.
In the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the USA had two Women’s Two Person Dinghy teams internationally ranked in the top 11. Considering the 470 Class is not active in the USA, this was a tremendous position of strength that, without a tragic final race, would have resulted in an Olympic medal for USA.
The International 470 Class Association launched the André Cornu Grant back in 2005 in order to honor him (he had passed away in the summer of 2003), the French naval architect who “gave birth” to the 470, the fast, athletic and tactical boat that every one knows.