Monday, March 24, 2008

Andrew Campbell: 9th at Trofeo Princesa Sofia

Yesterday’s medal race turned out to be blowing-dogs-off-chains kind of day. We awoke to 15-18 knots of southerly breeze driving three foot waves into the Bahia Palma and it would only get windier. The majority of the fleets started around noon while kitesurfers and windsurfers blasted along the shoreline just inside the medal-race courses.

By the time we got the green light to head to our race course, the kitesurfers had stopped altogether leaving only small sailed windsurfers out playing in now four foot waves breaking on what was yesterday a calm shoreline. When we hit the racecourse, the leader of the Yngling fleet had already broached badly and lost a crew member overboard in their race, a windsurfer had come in early having slashed her sail from luff to leach, and the breeze had built well into the twenties. Rumors of an upper twenty or thirty knot puff would not be unfounded, but we survived... Read more