Palma de Mallorca has been magic. The sun and the wind reminded us of how superbly beautiful our sport is… We had good racing and strong winds on the day of the finals, producing in the Finn a thrilling finale and a regatta really beautiful to watch. Up to the last meters the top four had a chance for a medal and the deciding jibe in 30 knots, with sailors exausted because they gave it all, was really the key moment.
Three of them capsized, Max Salminen managed to save it a bit and won. Szombor Berecz after a debatable penalization upwind in thirty knots for crossing on port ahead of Karpak, and one incredilbly fast execution of the required tack and gybe, did no mistake and mooved to second ahead of Aliçan Kaynar and Nicholas Heiner. Aliçan executed poorly the gybe as the pressure of having the win a few meters away took his self confidence, and there is nothing worse than going into a strong wind gybe kind of fearing the moove… down he went and so his win. Heiner forgot to ease the vang, but after twenty minutes brutal racing all were exausted…
The last day it was really blowing hard, and sailing was so incredibly demanding and magic and so beautiful that no other sport can even get close, though only few could race. Why? Because 49ers and Nacras can only sail in light medium winds, huuu….., and as they are kind of dangerous and not seaworthy they always need support ribs etc. What about susteinability, what about seaworthiness? We really have a problem here, as some gurus think that only foiling is the future but when it is magic their internet toys cannot sail, and the foiling fanatics push to erase classic sailing… to lead sailing towards the end.
We need seaworthy boats and we need to be able to go and train alone. Sure, we can have a few unseaworthy classes, but we already have too many, Next jump into the unknown will be the foiling Nacra, as cats are not available yet we do not really know what will happen when real olympians will put their hands on those cats. Which wind limit will they have and if they will handle proper seas. Enoshima can be a tremendous washing machine with huge oceanic swell. Again… probably only few classes, ie the finn and the 470 will shine and probably like in Rio we will not have any images, as the cameramen like the confortable flat waters that suit the foiling world. Going at sea, ie the real world? No thank you… and if some gets badly injured on this new crafts, tough for them?
All in all we like the new model proposed and think we should dare even more: eight fleet races to select the top twelve, compulsory gala dinner and presentation of the top twelve on the night that sees the end of fleet racing, than two semis with six, top three going into the final. Minimum wind required 8 knots, free pumping all the way and let the toughest and best win… This is only my input, waiting for more ideas.
What do you think? Palma was fabolous, will we have some more adrenalin racing like this?