Tough sailing in Palamòs. Photo Alfred Farré

The Christams Race in Palamòs (Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain) has tradition and is independent from any circuit. The sea is tough and even rough at times, yesterday we risked quite a lot on the Finn course as in three meter waves and thirty knots irish Oisin Mclelland got hit on the head by the boom gybing and fell overboard hanging onto the rudder, that he so ripped out of his Finn. So… half stoned he was floating in the middle of the sea in front of Palamòs, cold water and his Finn going away from him faster than he could swim. He was there, hanging onto his rudder thinking that was it, when french Marc Allan de Bouveis saw him and rescued him, brought him to a rib, that brought him back to his Finn while gusts up to 35 knots amd massive waves were testing all sailors and saw quite a lot capsize…

Tough sailing in Palamòs. Photo Alfred Farré

Tough sailing in Palamòs. Photo Alfred Farré

Palamòs has gone pragmatic and intelligent, forget about what does not work, has instead of RS:X, that really have a minute base of active sailors, 420, 29 and europes and Laser Radial man, so skiff type boat are half than 420 and so are 49er compared to 470. We have all classes that really exist and, hard tomblieve, we don’t have any foiling objects, nor foiling cats,  nor magic foiling kiters, but if this has to be our future why nobody cares? Where are the sailors that practice this magic sports that will save sailing.

Lot of capsizes oin day 2 in Palamos. Photo Farré

Lot of capsizes oin day 2 in Palamos. Photo Farré

Sure a lot of people cycle around the world, but can we so say that cycling is the most popular sport in the olympic scene? What does a chinese worker that cycles to work has to do with the Olympics, well he has as much to do as some wednesday night beer kitesurfers lying on a sunny beach to those racing on kitefoilers…

And so happy Christmas and a happy new year, devotiluca.com is thankful to all our readers. We love to present a different way of thinking, even if you might think we are kind of retro thinking. In reality we are positive to all aspects of sailing and so we wish all the best to Mirco Babini, IKA’s President, and all our mad multihull friends like Roland Gaebler. Let us have your comments but think with your own brain…