This is a short report of the first days of the RS500 Worlds in Loctudy, France. Upon arrival at the shoreline of Loctudy it was clear why the Swedish teams were already here for one week. The weather was gorgeous and so is the beach from where the boats launch. The hosts from Cercle de Nautique Loctudy were welcoming new guests on Monday with a ride on a foiling catamaran. For others there was the chance to start training with their international competitors and the first practise race was sailed in perfect conditions.
After Int. Chairmen Michiel Geerling-van Susante’s opening on tuesday morning, the sailors were all very excided to race. The first day of racing took place medium to light winds with a moderate ocean swell rolling in from the Southeast. Tim and Heather sailed their first bullet of the week in the first race. The second race was won by Mike and Meg after some stunning downwind sailing. Competition seems to get higher every year with some protest filled on the first day, but no serious problems or damages. Fun and fair sailing seems to be the continuing spirit in the RS500 class. The friendly people from Loctudy prepared a nice opening BBQ for us. Lots of stories were exchanged at the large dinner tables with French wine and cheese.
The second day proves to be difficult sailing with big competition in light winds and choppy waves. Two races were sailed and being new to parenthood and sleepless nights didn’t seem to slow Tim and Heather down. Lots of typically French games were played in the evening before the traditionnal Dutch party took place. We saw old friends and new faces all enjoying the orange madness and red-white-blue drinks. Heather chipperfield was voted best red-white-blue outfit of all attendees, allthough she was wearing a bit of an English orientated dress (I.e. Union Jack)… Christopher Tuckert won best dutchie of the night, but that was mainly because he won the limbo dance competition. For the rest, let’s just say some teams performed a little less than normal the next day… Thanks to all the sailors this RS500 Worlds is already a big success with more great racing days and socials to come!
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