Olympic Worlds: When the Best Strategy is Survival:
The 2016 World Championship for the Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX – the three fastest Olympic sailing events – is February 9-14 in Clearwater, FL. Over 120 teams from more than 37 countries will be competing in front of the Pier on Clearwater Beach. Here’s a report from February 10…
The Gulf of Mexico can be a challenging playing field, a point that has been firmly reinforced by weather conditions over the first two days of the World Championships. For these high performance classes, the demanding conditions are testing more than tactics. They are testing survival.
After four big races, the Nacra 17 fleet is looking forward to some recupera…
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Horses For Courses:
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
These have been tough days at the 2016 49er and 49erFX Worlds being held in Clearwater, FL. The venue is shallow, and once the wind gets into the teens, keeping the Olympic skiff upright in the steep chop is a struggle. When capsized, if the mast hits the bottom, expect breakage.
I’ve sailed enough at this venue in March for the Snipe Midwinters to know that it can be anything. This isn’t Miami. Clearwater is at the top of the state and can feel the full force of winter storms. I’ve seen more good weather than bad, but the …
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