One and Done


and Done

The Race Committee got off just one race today at the 505 Worlds in
Palermo Sicily and were unable to start the second race due to a lack
of consistent breeze. The first race was started in 3-5 knots and we
didn’t see anything better than that. 10 to 30 degree shifts were coming
out of no where making for really tough conditions. The top group made
their move getting clear by gating early and catching a lane to get
across to the right side. Other leaders gated late and caught a major
right shift to get separation from the fleet. The race lasted 1:40 and
in the end the winner Ian Pinnell from Great Britain had lapped some
of the back fleeters. With 120 boats on the line getting a clear lane
and holding it for a while and being able to hit a few shifts up the
first beat was critical. Downwind and on subsequent legs major gains
were made by hitting shifts and finding elusive puffs. The forecast
for the rest of the week looks about the same. Not exactly the high
performance event that the class expected. The good news is the food
is still great, the beer is flowing, plenty of pretty girls in town
and around the yacht club and great beaches and scenery. Results should
be posted at www.505worlds2008.com.

– Kevin D. Taugher