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How many sailors does it take to fix a boom head? Ben, Christoph, and friends at work.
This year, the US boardsailors in attendance (Ben Barger and I) have a coach for the regatta. Our coach is Christoph Sieber, an Austrian boardsailor who won a gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He is friendly, humorous, and knowledgeable, and we are already off to a great start. Today we had our first practice session and an organized practice race. We practiced pumping technique both upwind and downwind, and also worked on reading the shifts, figuring out their pattern going upwind. About half the fleet turned out for the practice race. Halfway through the men’s start, the wind went from 8 knots to about 3-4, and there was a huge shift to the right. The start was abandoned and the committee reset the course. Starting a practice race, especially in virtually no wind, is always difficult. Most of the sailors end up being over early. In my case, I held my position on the line up until the last 15 seconds, when some girls aggressively went over the line and I slipped back. However, I tacked away, found a great lane of clean air, went straight to the favored side with good speed and had a solid first upwind. It was a promising start to what is looking like a light air regatta.
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