The sailors were ready to go if the wind ever showed, and their patience eventually paid off, with enough “wind” rustling the sails to finally complete one race in each category, U13 and U17, before it disappeared again.
It was just enough to get a race in and find the winners of the 2018 O’pen BIC World Championships. Both races were close, in the U13 Australia's Breanne Wadley took first place, with Poland’s Janka Dmochowska second, and Spain’s Mariona Ventura giving home fans some cheer, third.
A clean sweep for New Zealand in the U17, Jacob Pye, Mattias Coutts and Cailen Rochford finishing 1-2-3 respectively. Well done everyone for managing to race in such challenging conditions.
Congratulations to everyone who took part, for their patience, involvement and their result, wherever they finished.
New Zealand has made its O’pen BIC presence felt here in Areneys. And both winners are from the southern hemisphere. Russell Coutts is promising good winds when the O’pen BIC World Chamionships visits his home town of Manly in New Zealand in 2019, but the only way to find out is by making the trip.
Another sun-blasted day here in Arenys, the thermometer well over 30*C, and everyone looking for shade as much as any sign of wind.
But once again, it was not to be, so after 18hrs the decision was taken that no racing was possible and the fleets were “stood down”. We’ll see if something can ripple the water tomorrow.
The wait for wind gave us a chance to catch up with none other than Russell Coutts, Commodore of Manly Sailing Club – the host club of the 2019 O’pen Bic World Championships.
Coutts is a sailing legend and it’s a privilege to have him here with the NZ O’pen BIC team, showing how highly regarded O’pen BIC is in that nation of expert sailors. “It’s going to be a great venue. I predict it’s going to be a verity of conditions as we can get light winds and we can get strong winds. Probably a combination of both.”
“There are a lot of boats now in New Zealand, we just had an event a few weeks ago and we had 92 boats, so I would expect there will be a lot of young New Zealand sailors, who would like to do the event. We’ll also have quite a few sailors from Australia, Japan, hopefully China, the United States are building their fleet now and I think they are planning on bringing some sailors down to Manly. On top of that Italy and France and hopefully other European countries.”
“We’d like to welcome everyone to come to the event. Especially those that have to travel a long way, I’m sure it will be a fantastic event and you can also explore a new country as well”
The 2019 O’pen BIC World Championships will see racers making the long trip down-under, the first time in the competition’s history. The O’pen BIC World Championships will be proceeded by the Manly O’Pen Seeding regatta, in which all those entering the O’pen BIC Worlds will be required to complete at least one race to qualify for their main event.
Meanwhile, back on the Costa Brava: last chance for any conclusive racing is tomorrow, Saturday. We’ll all be back on the beach ready for a start as soon as there’s any sign of wind. Last possible warning signal 16hrs.
Another total blank here on the Costa Brava. The sailors were as ready for action as ever, but the wind wasn't up to the task.
In fact, it was nowhere to be seen. Lots of sun and blue skies, so another day on the beach for everyone.
With a big heatwave forecast this weekend, the main competition may be to see who has the biggest factor sun cream.
But the O'pen BIC spirit means everyone is taking the opportunity to talk and get to know each other, swapping ideas for the best plan for ultra-light sailing. And much more besides !
We're still hoping for some breeze to cool the air, lively up the water and get some sails fluttering.
Very hot and windless conditions here on the Costa Brava for the first days of the O’pen Bic World Championships.
All the sailors were ready for a start at 14hrs, sailing being a welcome change after spending the previous day sitting on the beach as the very light/non-existent winds made any proper racing impossible.
Today, although it was still very light, the race committee managed to get one race in for the Under 17s. One race was launched for the U13s (under 13years old), but it was abandoned because of the lack of wind.
The forecast is for more hot, dry weather on the Costa Brava (the Wild Coast), so we’ll be hoping for some more lively conditions over the coming days.
The competition finishes on Saturday, so there are still a few days to go. Fingers crossed !
Meanwhile we got a chance to talk to the French head coach, Bernard Helot, who is a real O’Pen Bic veteran. “I’ve been to six championships, sometimes there was more wind then here” – he said laughing. “It is always a fun experience, I created the class in France a couple of years ago and this year we are over 50 sailor here in Arenys de Mar. It is the biggest French participation in O’pen Bic history and we’re doing well. I’m proud of my sailors, who have made such a good result in the EuroChallenge and I hope they continue to do well at the Worlds.”
A lot of smiling faces in Arenys de Mar, Spain as the Open Bic World Championships come to a start.
184 competitors have entered the event and are hoping for a little more wind than we had at the EuroChallenge, which was held just prior. In the EuroChallenge it was the French team in all the top spots of the U17 category Marin Micoulot was first followed by Leo Piroird and Lana Belhout. In the U13 it was Australian Breanne Wadley ahead of Max Cheli from Grance and Ted Houry from New Zealand. The Eurochallenge was however just a warmup, as everybody is looking for that ultimate prize of becoming World Champion.