Monday, August 31, 2009

505 World Championship - Fleet 13 Report

Wow. Not much else can describe the past 10 days of sailing on San Francisco Bay.

This year's worlds was one of the most unbelievable events I have ever been a part of. Among the competitors were 2 of the richest 100 people in the world, multiple Olympic Sailing medalists, Volvo Ocean Race competitors, and Olympic Skiing Gold medalist Jonny Moseley. Title sponsor SAP and presenting sponsor APL along with the St. Francis Yacht Club put on a worlds class event that anyone who participated will never forget.

As a fleet, we were all somewhat disappointed in the final results. The reality is that we did not have the time in the boat necessary to have superior upwind boat speed. In every race it was only a matter of time before we lost our lane off the start and were left to fight for the scraps with the second half. JB and Ned showed the most promise on the first beats, getting to the weather mark in the top 20 several times.

The experience was very valuable for all of us. We now know that it is possible to sail(and not flail) in 30 knots. Those who chose not to go to this event based on fear of the big conditions missed out on one hell of a good time. One major accomplishment is that we are returning to Chicago having experienced no major breakdowns over the course of the event. In a week where close to 30 masts were broken, countless rudders failed, and a boat sank we consider this a major accomplishment. The only DNF score for Fleet 13 came for Katherine/Stephen when their jib halyard broke. Below are the final score lines for all the Fleet 13 boats:

Final Fleet 13 Results (98 boats Total)

50 7611 Turney/Turney 27,35,44,50,42,[52],47,[55],48 293 points
53 7346 Loe/Thompson 45,34,47,[52],37,50,52,49,[57] 314 points
74 8821 Long/Long 71,[99/DNF],62,71,61,64,[78],66,60 455 points

All of the above photos copyright Erik Simonson/Peter Lyons. Marine Media Alliance.

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