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Training for Worlds: National Open Race - Lake Miseno, Italy

Training for Worlds: National Open Race - Lake Miseno, Italy

The first IOM Race for the 2015 Italian Ranking with a good presence, 23 skipper registered. Including myself as an international entry there were 19 competitors for the weekend racing. The race started as usual from the introduction of Carlo Indulgenza (Executive Officer of the Lega Navale of Torre del Greco Organizing Club), with help of Lega Navale of Pozzuoli, followed by the of the FIV (Ialian Sailing Federation) Umpire who proceeded to illustrate the race course, and finally by the Secretary of the Class IOM, Maurizio Morbidelli, and representing the Council Modelvela, Marco Di Giuseppe and Riccardo Bonechi who brought greetings from the Italian Model Yachting Federation (Modelvela Italia) President Idalgo Pierini and Vice President Virginio Boglietti.

Training for Worlds: Brisbane IOM Challenge, Australia

Training for Worlds: Brisbane IOM Challenge, Australia

It takes a while sometimes for things to become installed as a tradition, but the Brisbane IOM Challenge seems to have become such a thing. There was some discussion on Sunday as to when it was first run, and after checking with Jeff Byerley, who initiated the event, it has been determined it was first run in 1998, so this is the 17th anniversary.

Training for Worlds: Farrell Frozen Finger Regatta - USA

Training for Worlds: Farrell Frozen Finger Regatta - USA

When you are putting on a regatta you can’t help but worry about the weather, as if there is something that you can do about it. You pick the time, you show up and you play the hand that you’re dealt. That’s how this years Farrell Frozen Finger Regatta went, except that every hour we were dealt a new hand. Over the two days we had everything from dead flat calm to solid number 2-rig weather with gusts to 25 mph.

Training for Worlds: Oliver Lee Trophy 2015

Training for Worlds: Oliver Lee Trophy 2015

Sunday 4th January 2015 must have seen one of the first open meetings for the new 2015 calendar. The venue Blackwater Sailing Club’s practice lake at Heybridge, Essex, wasshrouded in fog, this together with the icy roads, did not put off 22 competitors who gathered for the days racing, including skippers from the Isle of Wight and Eastbourne Race Officer George Beacroft set a triangle and sausage course with a start line just off the bank close to the cabin. Despite the fog there was a very sailable light westerly breeze.

Training for Worlds: Stockholm Wintercup No. 5, Sweden

Training for Worlds: Stockholm Wintercup No. 5, Sweden

Fifteen enthusiastic (?) sailors showed up to race in 0°C, sleet and light winds. We were racing some 15 km from the City Center on the island of Lidingö which means water connected to the Baltic Sea (brackish and therefore still not ice covered). Some of our best sailors were missing as they had opted for skiing rather than sailing this weekend (not a bad choice maybe?). We raced on a very short course but only managed to complete 12 races in 4 hours as we needed to reset the race course several times due to wind shifts including a longer brake while waiting for wind.