2008 Velocitek Contender Worlds came to an end after five days of
mixed bag racing – that bag not having a hell of a lot of wind. During
the Canadian Championships, which were held the weekend preceding the
Worlds, the infamous Kingston thermal was in full effect, bringing 18+
knots and six-foot rollers. But after measurement day, the thermal went
on vacation, to the frustration of all involved.
With the Foxtrot racecourse being the furthest one from Portsmouth
Harbour (site of the 1976 Olympics), competitors were looking at a 45+
minute sail (and only with good wind). On light wind days, it was a
bladder punishing hour and fifteen minutes. This was in addition to
the time it took to get past the solid wall of lasers, 420s, and 29ers
that were also fighting their way out of the harbour. The Canadians
and Worlds were being staged at the same time as week one of the Canadian
Olympic Training Regatta, Kingston (CORK), which welcomes hundreds of
sailors from all ages and skill levels in dozens of classes.