It’s day one and the Simcenter team sailors are all preparing for their first day of Championship racing. Last night it felt like all of Follonica turned out for the opening ceremony as 400 sailors paraded through the streets led by a marching band. Teams have come from across the World to be part of this event – Japan, China, Australia, almost every European country, the USA and South Africa.
With a 200 boat fleet it is impossible to fit them all on the start line so the fleet is divided into three groups for day one – blue, red and green. With competitors in each flight, Team Simcenter has a lot to look out for. They will be reseeded tomorrow for another day of qualifying before being split into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets on Wednesday.
Crowded beach - 200 boats in a very small area
In 30+ degrees of heat, keep cool and hydrated is a big challenge. The teams will be taking at least four litres of water each on their boats along with enough food to last the day. Not easy fitting that in to already small cockpits and keeping it dry and away from the very salty Mediterranean.
Sailors provisions minus the four litres of water
We will update this blog with results from day one later tonight. Good luck Team Simcenter!
200 boats split into three random fleets for the first days racing - c 65 boats in each fleet. This means the competitors need top 20 results in their fleets to be in with a chance of the Gold fleet on Wednesday.
Millie Irish & Tas Green GBR7070 (Yellow Fleet)
Results: 1, 1, BFD (over the line at the start of the race and therefore disqualified from that race)
Millie & Tas lead the Red fleet
Beth Miller & Eilish Graham GBR 7464 (Red fleet)
16, 16, 18
Beth & Eilish keeping the boat well trimmed upwind
Teddy Dunn & Imogen Wade GBR 6895 (Blue fleet)
Teddy & Imogen enjoying he downwind leg
Laura van den Acker & Femke van den Berg NED 6486 (Blue fleet)