The final day was scheduled for 4 races. The Silver fleet, being unable to race the day before because of lack of wind, were the first off at about 10am. The wind was a nice breeze of about 10-12 kts from the West. Not particularly gusty or shifty. The overcast sky looked like threatening rain, but on the Ijsselmeer that means nothing. In the end, it didn’t rain as we did or didn’t expect it to.
‘I understand there may be a 180 degree wind shift at some point today, what sort of time do you think?’ was the question posed to the rib driver, an experienced local sailor. He just looked at me for a while, ‘This is the Ijsselmeer’ he replied, ‘we have absolutely no idea!’ Such are the conditions of this Dutch lake, that it can sometimes produce it’s own weather that seems to defy the laws of metrology. It can be raining hard all day on the shore, but lovely and sunny a mile out on the lake – and stay like that all day.