Last week, Alinghi’s Ed Baird took the overall victory in
what was easily the most competitive X-40 fleet ever assembled. Team
Origin’s Rob Greenhalgh got the second place, and holds the overall
iShares lead by just a point – he answered some questions for
Anarchists earlier this week. Rob has been in the class since the beginning,
and holds more X-40 victories than anyone, while Ed is a relative newbie
to the class and boat. He gave us a few quick answers to some questions
we had about Ed and the X-40.
SA: Did you have a good time?
EdB: The iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes Race Week was a blast.
We had bigger breeze than we’ve seen before, along with strong currents
and lots of "bogies" going through the course. On top of that,
there always seemed to be a media boat doing 20 knots just to leeward
and ahead of every boat in the fleet. In a word, it was chaotic!
There were 11 competitors. 5 capsized. 3 broke masts. 3 had major hull
or beam damage. And that’s in a fleet of Olympic medalists and World
Champions. We hit a top speed on Monday of 24.8 knots on the GPS. That
was downwind against nearly 3 knots of tide. The action was fast and
furious, and there were tired but happy faces all around.