Monday, June 20, 2011

Marlow results

Lagoon St Maarten, next to the airport.
Weather: Perfect. Saturday nice 15+ knots wind, Sunday a little more variation in windspeed made it harder some times. Downwind the airport side was moostly favourable but surprisingly upwind the other side gave more pressure and possibilities.

8 boats, 10 teams and 4 races per boat, allways 2 teams waiting on Robbies start catamaran ship which had a floating dock on the right side where 4 teams change 2 boats after every race.

Crew TeamHan: Me, Ton Koole and Bart van Vliet (nickname awesome I understood, 115+100+45= 260 kg, should be good)
Perfect schedule, one lay race each 4 races is perfect time to recover and use cool refreshments in abundance available on the startship..

First 2 races went well, 3rd and 1st. Then first change for us, next race also went well but fucked majorly up in the very end: a 6..

Then starting problems and extensive lunch somehow made it a hard fight for results.

The winning team of Jolyon favoured a flying start at startship moost times, seems way better then to get this sort of boat going at 20 or even 30 sec from gun.

Sunday morning Frits Bus came back hard but in the end Jolyon took control again and I just got too many discards and got really hammered hard in the very last 200m upwind part of the series to the finnish (if I ever wanted to be 2nd overall that is), a wrong left gate choise in stead of the direct fight with Benoit who took the right mark ended me with a 6th, auwch..

Thanks Robbie and the others, if this was every weekend, I’d do it every weekend…


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