Update: Argo (fuck yourself) has taken a nice little 6 point lead after 4 races…
Richard Goransson’s Inga From Sweden is off to a good start at the Melges 32 Worlds even if the week isn’t. A nasty Mistral has seen two of the first four days shortened or cancelled with winds recorded up to 74 knots. Below is the report from Inga trimmer Richard Mason’s report after a single race yesterday, and the video is above. UPDATE: Argo leads after three more races today…latest results here and you can watch the Worlds streaming live on the Melges website here.
With no racing yesterday the pressure was on to get racing underway today. The forecast was for the breeze to start the day at 25knots plus and drop from there. Racing got underway on time at 11.00, with the wind gusting up to 30 knots.
The first race was a survival test. Just keep it cool and don’t make the mistakes. Race one proved to be a big payoff for Helly Hansen Inga from Sweden, for the time we have spent on the water over the past year getting to grips with this tricky, overpowered boat.
The first race in the 2013 saw us starting at the pin with Team Argo winning the start a half boatlength to weather. A long port tack in building breeze saw us on the left side of the track. We were third around the first top mark, with it all on for the run. We managed to survive a couple of on-the-edge gybes to make it around the bottom mark in 2nd hot on the tail of Bombarda Racing. Looking back upwind at the fleet there were some major wipeouts, with quite a bit of damage to the fleet on the first run.
Bombarda Racing lead up the second beat showing some serious speed on the wind, and led around the top mark with us about 20 seconds back. A wild second run followed, and the deciding maneuver for the race was the final gybe, just 200 meters from the finish. Bombarda missed theirs while we thankfully nailed ours, and that was the race.
So a great start for the Helly Hansen Inga form Sweden team. An attempt was made at a second race, but the breeze was gusting over 34 knots, which saw the fleet return to the dock, postponing racing for the day. It is going to be a long 3 days! The pressure is on to keep the consistency in the results required to stay at the top of this fantastic fleet.
We look forward to getting back on the race track tomorrow.
-Richard & The Helly Hansen Inga from Sweden Team.