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North American Championship 2022, Day 3
Day 3 will be remembered as something very different from the rest of the regatta. A cold front came through, which tore down the regatta tent in one storm cell and lowered temps by more than 20 degrees (for those still on the imperial system). Summer ran away and Fall stood up with authority. Sailors geared up with multiple layers and then huffed and puffed while launching and doing basic manoeuvres, most of them convinced that their thicker wetsuits had somehow shrunk over their bellies since last winter….
This day the wind shifted slightly to the north, necessitating moving the course to the southern corner of this side of the lake. The wind was more lake-like today with large changes in pressure.
Race two started in seventeen knots but dropped down to four knots on the next leg. The race committee showed good patience and diligence in what sometimes was a trying day. The goal of the day was to get four races and four races we got, with the last finishing in steady medium breeze with the majority of the foilers sustaining flight.
We’d all thought Wednesday was the high point of full on A-Cat racing. How wrong we were! The forth day of the European championships began as usual. The days had settled into a pattern now, as they tend to do at longer events. For most it consisted of fixing what had broken the day before. Checking those boat park or beach repairs, seeing if the resin and carbon had cured, chewing the fat with the other sailors and sitting in the beachfront café drinking that delicious Italian coffee in all its incarnations. Little did they know what was ahead on those azure waters.
The ‘All boats allowed on the water’ flag was flown on day 3 of the A-Cat Europeans a little earlier than usual. The Race Committee had decided to get the Open foiling fleet out to get a 12:30 or so start. It was pretty calm in the North of the lake area around the Arco launch area, but looking south to the racing zone, one could see a clear line on the water where the wind was somewhat stronger. What an odd place Garda is at times.
Sometimes, you just get truly memorable sailing days. Epic can be an over used word, but this for the Open fleet, was one such day out on the azure waters of Lake Garda. Bright sun, the usual southerly 14-18 kts, a day set up for Champaign sailing, This was the second day of the European Championships and in the Open foiling fleet, Mischa Heemskerk NED 7 had won the first two races in convincing style, In the Classic non foiling fleet, young Moritz Weis GER 121 was equally dominant.
The first major European event was bound to be special, following 2 years of lockdown. It was especially nice that it is being held in Italy, the country that was the first to get COVID in Europe, several weeks before it arrived elsewhere in the continent. The Circolo Vela Arco was the host club and it was a joint venture between the German and Italian national associations. The CVA club is, of course, no stranger to hosting major events, and it was fresh from holding the Dart Worlds a couple of weeks earlier, so race organizing wise, they are pretty much up to speed.