:zbeer:There’ll be lots of pictures soon.
Wind today was pretty consistently around 18 mph measured at eye level - more in the gusts. The sky was overcast but the temperature was reasonable and the rain held off. Forecast for tomorrow is 10-12 mph with the possibility of showers.
So far we have 16 races sailed. Graham Elliott in Moonshadow is winning by a country mile - 14 firsts + 2 technical retirements. Often she is beating Bill Hagerups latest Cobra (a lovely boat) by almost a leg.
It has to be said that a great deal of this has to do with the driver, not the boat. Nonetheless, as Moonshadow’s designer I must admit to feeling extremely chuffed, especially in view of some recent noises that she was ‘overhyped’.
Third place is mostly being occupied by Trevor Thomas’ well-proven Mistrallete, but a very interesting new boats from Vernon Gee is increasingly showing form.
The seven-strong Polish contingent, all sailing the Polish Opałek design by Pawel Dejnak, has had a number of problems, most revolving around the fact that they had never believed anyone could race in such strong winds and consequently had no small rigs and very big primary rigs. However, they have impressed everyone by their good humour, sportsmanship, determination and modelling skills. Discussions are under way about holding an international event in Poland next year.
Sorry - this sounds like damnation by faint praise. It is pretty obvious that the Opałek is a very capable boat indeed. They are beautifully made from laser-cut parts and there is a decent probabiliity that they will become commercially available quite soon. Better rigs would transform them - and the pub table this evening was covered in Polish sketches.
Most important of all, the event is being a huge social success. Probably the most telling thing is that Inge-Lilla Dobrovich (wife of Animor, the Swedish representative) I think intended to take the train (or Ferry) across the River Mersey to look at the joys of Liverpool. Instead she has been having a whale of a time photographing thngs, talking to the many Birkenhead MYPBC members in attandance and so on. Racing has been keen but courteous and the general bonhommie ashore has been fantastic.
If nothing awful happens tomorrow, we have a fantastic success on our hands!