The Yachtsman 2017-2018 RPAYC Yachtsman 2016-2017 - Page 69

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 F ollowing the Governor’s cup we were feeling very prepared for the World Championship, after sailing in the boats and the conditions off Newport Beach for a week already. There were six new competitors from Italy, France, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland at Worlds to make up the 12 teams. It was exciting, yet nerve-racking racing against all the new European teams. We hadn’t raced many of them before and it was nice to be up against new teams as well as the ‘usual suspects’. The World Championship began in extremely light wind, with our first match of the day being the ‘grudge match’ against the only other all-female team at the regatta! The first race was cancelled when the ocean completely glassed over and we started moving backwards. This became a common trend of the regatta with lots of waiting around for wind and racing in extremely marginal conditions. The weather conditions of this regatta were extremely different to that of Governor’s Cup, with many people telling us last week we were extremely lucky to have such amazing wind and swell! This week we were racing in a lot lighter breeze, with racing sometimes as light as a couple of knots, large breaking waves at times and very strong current! These conditions were extremely testing and really tested all of our patience while racing! On the final day of round robin racing, we were lucky to have enough wind to complete nearly a whole round robin with short racing. However, there was not enough time for sail offs, so we finished in 7th place. We were extremely lucky to have Don and Doris Stoughton have us stay at their house for Worlds and take us all out to watch the finals on their boat. Don and Doris have hosted teams from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club for numerous years now and are definitely in the running for the ‘World’s Best Host’ award! Y O U T H M AT C H R A C I N G We would like to thank our coach Tom Spithill for his amazing efforts over the two regattas. Especially in those testing conditions when it was so wavy we could barely pull up against the coach rib! Not a day you would ever want to be a spectator for! These opportunities would not have been possible without the ongoing support from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and its enormous efforts to support Youth sailing within the Club! Thank you to the entire yacht Club. It was an honour to represent such a wonderful Club on the international stage. CLARE COSTANZO YAC H T SMA N 67