Photos from United States A-Class Sailing Association (USACA)'s post
Ben Hall's latest update with Day 3 of warm-ups:
Yesterday was pretty much the same as Day 1. Went out with Robbie Daniels again in the rib for his clinic. Great staring drills and speed testing...kinda like herding cats for the speed testing as boats were having trouble lining up correctly. Then we ran a few 1 lap races. Matt Keenan and Larry Woods led the pack with some spectacular foiling. Everyone learning a ton from Robbie's on the water coaching and video debriefs.
After sailing I got my dose of driving on "The 5"....8 lanes going 70mph....only in California....and nobody uses their turn signals to change lanes...they say that would be a sign of weakness....hmmmm. (Editor's note: 70 is slow in the South).
Picked Emmanuel Cerf at the airport this morning...he was immediately impressed with the weather, regatta site and the scene in general.
Carla and John have been full on in measurement mode and everything seems to be running smoothly. A few predictable measurement issues with boards and rudder winglets.
Talking with a cross section of sailors, the consensus Is that the site is really nice due to moderate breeze, flat water, warm water and consistent weather. Forecast looks to be a little lighter over the next few days so that may give the Classics a chance to shine.
Tonight is the opening reception at San Diego YC and we plan to have the class meeting on Thursday after sailing. Today is final prep for racing tomorrow when the rubber will seriously hit the road.
Rudder tuning, sail checks and on the water practice. Many sailors are here to learn as much as they can...and with Robbie, Mischa, Bruce and Matt sharing their knowledge, most will learn more in 5 days than sailing at home for a year.
Admiral out ...