Leander 2010 Super Cup Sprint Series
After four days of some intense racing everyone was grateful for a sleep in and extra rigging time that came with the 1pm start. After a quick briefing and some discussion about what the rules should be everyone hit the water. We had 9 boats starting the first race. As always with sprint racing there was a short simple course, nice and close to shore. Starting off the start line on starboard meant you got about 30 seconds of sailing in before having to tack to avoid hitting the shore. This always involved some energetic right of way calls which were sometimes accompanied by various levels of encouragement, according to some of the spectators on shore.
There were 5 races held back to back, each one lasting about 10 minutes. Merde and TheVirtual both opted to don the foils for the auspicious occasion, putting on a fine display of speed and aerial prowess for the spectators ashore. The speed difference between The Virtual and the rest of the fleet was both noted by the crowd and enabled a nearly clean run of first place finishes.
The rest of the fleet was engaged in some very close (literally) and full on racing. Positions were swapped thick and fast during races as people had swims, botched kite hoists, kite drops, gybes and tacks. Overall everyone had a good days racing and the spectators enjoyed the spectacle. Thanks to Ross and Steve on the start boat and Tony in the Rescue boat for the course setting and race management. Photos and More Photos (added March 12).