Scoops THREE trophies in Venice!
is only a preliminary report
30th May 08 -
Prova La Vela
Molly's opportunity to explore the shallow waters of
the lagoon, (taking the mud here and there) and in particular to check
her centre-board-up charactaristics in preparation for Sunday's race.
Enjoyed sailing around Murano and back to Centro Nautico.
1st June 08
The briefing, in Italian, seemed to last 20 minutes
- Odd how the English version took less than 2. Surely nothing was omitted?
Nothing - Except that the fleet would have to chase the start line buoys
across the lagoon! And then would go accross the start line and back
around the upwind marker before the first long "downwind"
leg. And later there would be extra not-mentioned buoys to go around.
Oh well - we were only here for the fun aren't we?
Fun we had. Lots of close encounters, periods of going backwards, lots
of sunshine and not much wind. Molly won "Special
08 - Velalonga Raid
tour of the Venice Lagoon, with overnight
stops in a different place each night.
Of the 8 stages, one was cancelled due to bad weather and Molly won
3 outright. Two of those involved shallow conditions favourable to the
local boats but Molly won both by a handsome margin. Vincenzo (the Raid
organiser) now wants a whaler! Three factors told in Molly's favour:
- accurate navigation - better strategy (particularly choice of course
when we had the option), and - speed under oars (easily outpacing the
local boats) Claus was a great help with racing tactics. And a great
time was had by all.
Molly won "Sail & Oar Category" and "Overall".
again to Molly and her crew.
Velalonga "Premio Speciale"award
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