Not to go racing today, was the right decision!
The Mistral is blowing 40 knots here in Marseille and the kite- and windsurfers are out in droves. The water is white with curling waves and I have to hold my cap when outdoors. Definitely too much wind for Match Racing.
The first event in the World Match Race Tour was concluded yesterday – late in the day - in a captivating French final between Iehl and Pacé. Some classic moves and some new ones, gave the public and the TV what they wanted.
Have a look on http://www.wmrt.com/multimedia/video-gallery.html
From an umpires point of view the semi-finals and finals are usually about keeping up with the fast moves. Situations change quickly and rules transitions are fast and many. Even the most skilled boat manoeuvring is not enough to catch all situations. On the other hand, the chances of a red or double penalty are also increased – these sailors know full well when to risk breaking a rule deliberately.
And having a penalty means you need a sufficient lead to do it – if not, an another strategy is needed. Match Racing is not about sailing fast, it is about winning your match.
This evening I fly back home. Next event; Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik.