Kingstone Yacht Club play host to the 2019 Blind Fleet Racing World Championships, with seven countries from around the World including, Canada, France, USA, Australia, Japan alongside four teams from Great Britain.
Kingston’s Yacht Club is a friendly and welcoming place and is known as the fresh water sailing capital of the World, from GBR we can say we have had a warm welcome from day one. Saturday, Canada introduced all teams to the Sharks and gave a good familiarisation of the boats.
Our summary of the conditions for the first two days of racing.
Day 1: Before arriving out in Canada the team had an idea of what the predominant wind direction (SW-SSW) on Lake Ontario had to offer. Day one didn’t disappoint with the wind increasing and shifting around to the South West direction throughout the day conditions become more challenging and exciting. The B1 racing started on a light Southern race track in the morning which kept the fetch short and the sea state relatively flat due to Wolfe Island being situated a kilometre or so above the windward mark. As the afternoon progressed and the B2/3 fleet launched for their first race the wind speed carried on to increase with regular right hand shifts. By race two the wind was now more west and had a clear firing line to the race track past Wolfe Island from Rochester a 212 mile drive down the Southern side of the lake; Typical Lake Ontario conditions… the wave height increasing with the winds continuing to build in strength. By the final race of the day the B2/3 fleets were racing in winds gusting up to 18knts with waves to match.
Day 2: Day 2 saw better breeze early in the morning with a forecasted drop in pressure for the afternoon racing. First up was the B2/3 with their first race starting just gone 10; the wind was in an easterly direction coming down from Howe Island, with a short fetch and an assortment of islands above the windward mark meant conditions were flat and gusty. All 3 races were completed in quick succession for the B2/3’s with an average wind speed of around 12-15knts. Despite the forecast the wind continued to stay with no signs of dying off for the B1’s afternoon racing. During their races the wind continued to hold at around 12 knts with a slight drop in pressure towards the later stages of their final race. Both groups of sailors found the easterly direction to be more tactical in terms of shift size and range with less emphasis on set up to get over the chop that had been seen on the first day of racing.
B1 Team Reports.
Colin Midgley, Sally Rodrigues, Will Morris and Mark Austen.