The 14 Worlds always kicks off with 2 days of Team Racing, a 4 on 4 format… This is super fun event that about 40% of the Worlds entries participate in… usually the top boats that are in early. Europe’s A team and the Australia 3 team were eliminated on the Day 1 round robin. Tight and fun racing on Day 2 with Europe B getting knocked out by Australia 2, and Australia 1 just edging by the North American team in best of 3 semi’s. The Oz 1 team took the prize from Oz 2 and then the legendary Team Race party continued late late into the night after the drinking games were all finalized… Good times, but with a bit of consternation from the club the next morning as all of the regatta flags were temporarily taken as souvenirs.. Probably shouldn’t leave the kids unattended after that much beer. Most of the flags are back and flying and all is well.
The individual Worlds got rolling on Thursday the 8th… couldn’t get the practice race in on the 7th, due to a lack of breeze, same issue with the Moths. 14 Worlds format is typically 1 or 2 races per day, but out on long courses. First day started in a breeze of about 12kts, but fluctuated throughout the race from 2-16 knots and won by Brit Glen Truswell & Sam Pascoe… The RC flew the Uniform flag early on the 2nd start and 2 top boats were U flagged and started their week with big scores. Day 2 ranged from 10-20 knots on some bumpy water, and the racing got off well… there were quite a few 30 degree shifts throughout the course which helped many climb up and others not so much. Many spills throughout the mid and back of the fleet, with another Brit team, Ben McGrane and James Hughes taking the win. After 2 days Truswell is leading with 4 time world Champ Archie Massey in 2nd. Lay day was set for Saturday, so the fleet went big Friday night with the Crew’s Union party ending up at Lamby’s Night Club and shutting it down. A bit rough looking fleet around Geelong on Saturday morning with many of the 14ers heading into Melbourne, over to the surf coast of Torquay, or up to Sorrento to check in on the Moths.
Race 3 starts tomorrow, Sunday, and the forecast is setting up for a challenging 20+ knots, which should be some great rides, big spills, and will keep the camera boats busy. – Anarchist TG.
Results through first 2 races.