Rio de Janeiro, January 25-27, 2013 – Junior Nationals
Rio de Janeiro, January 29 – February 3, 2013 – Senior Nationals
Report by Dante Bianchi (Photo courtesy Fred Hoffmann)
It was a great regatta, but certainly a lot of work for the organizers: Fernando Madureira (captain of the flotilla 159) and Ricardo Lobato together with me and the Yacht Club of Rio de Janeiro sailing secretary. With no doubt it was very enjoyable for everyone.
By suggestion of the sailors, this year for the first time we did a Brazilian Junior championship, separate from the “general”. It was such a success it stole sailors from the Laser and OPT classes – all championships were at the same time.
During the Junior Nationals the winds were a bit weaker winds in the beginning, but with the arrival of a cold front the wind picked up. As it was a short tournament (scheduled six races) the competition was very hard, with many changes of position. And every day we had food and drink to relax after the races.
In the Senior Nationals we had a looser schedule, with nine races from Tuesday to Saturday (2, 2, 2, 2, 1). As usual, starts were after 13h, the time that the wind increases (12 to 16 knots). In the first three days we had current with the wind (into the Baia de Guanabara), which made it very difficult to sail, requiring greater attention from sailors. Rounding the first mark was an adventure, with the current pushing everyone to hit it.
For the last three days the problem was the reverse, with the tide going out. Starts were very difficult, with several recal general and zulu / india flags all the time.
Despite the large number of boats (94 subscribers – but 92 actually participated) starts were well controlled, and there were no “big” collisions. We always set a long first leg since the wind was pretty big, and races lasted over 60 min.
We are very proud of the championship we did. And we selected a great team for the Worlds in Rio.