In the famous words of the British journalist Brian Hanrahan, aboard HMS Hermes ‘I counted them out, and I counted them all back’. This is how it felt on the first dramatic day of the ‘A’ Cat Worlds. Following the 9am briefing, racing on day one was scheduled for 12:00. However, the forecast was for a building Sou’easterly offshore wind but from the shore, it all looked lovely.
It is with great regret that we have to inform of the death of the Spanish Sailor Santi Monjo ESP 2. The 65 year old sailor became 2018 Spanish National Classic Champion back in September and it is thought that he died from a heart attack whilst actually sailing his beloved ‘A’ Cat, as he was found on his boat.
This is a great shock for the Spanish fleet and he had been sailing with them since 1996.
As your IACA editor isn't on site for another week, I asked Bob Griffits to do us some pre Aussie Nationals talk, but I know that will cost me beers....
The sailors and their boats have started arriving at the Hervey Bay Sailing Club. Dave Shaw and Daniel Phillpot have been there for the best part of a week, and they were recently joined by Jean-Louis Le Coq, from France. There has been a steady stream of boat trailers bearing registration plates from the southern states of Australia , making an entrance.
In the last major event of the European season, and a final chance to get some competiton action for those not going to the Worlds. Laurent Stephany reports.
Wednesday October 24 - To open the event, the weather has offered competitors a Northerly 6 to 9 knots wind in a sunny sky. In these conditions the fleet was able to run three races and all competitors were able to show their talents. After three rounds, Benoit Marie led the Foilers, ahead of Mike Modlhammer and Emmanuel Dodé. While in Classic Division, Micky Todd led from of Albert Roturier and Emmanuel Le Chapelier.
As the season in Europe slowly draws to it's wet, hurricane fuelled close on what has been for some, another rather frustrating year of too much/too little wind and when most European class associations are looking towards their final regattas of the year, it is now only some 4 weeks until the World Championships and the Hervey Bay crowd get their barbies lit.
Very sorry to report the loss of long time sailor Craig Yandow after suffering an aortic embolism during the North American Championships. Craig came off the water in 4th place overall and second in classics, complaining of pain and weakness but still working to de-rig his boat. Another sailor took him to the hospital where the seriousness of his condition was quickly event. He was placed into a medically induced coma and never left the hospital.