To win the ISAF Match Racing World Championship, sailors need to be able win races in all types of weather, from near-drifting conditions to the gale force gusts they experienced at this year’s Danish Open.
Light winds are often the most testing of all, when it can be extremely hard to recover from mistakes. But there is also the possibility of the losing boat finding an extra puff of wind to overhaul their opponent. It’s often assumed these conditions make racing something of a lottery, yet an analysis of a series of results will almost always show the same people consistently coming out on top.
When racing was due to get under way at 1000 there were big holes in the breeze on the course, forcing Dave Tallis, Principal Race Officer for the Monsoon Cup, to keep crews onshore until 1030, when a gentle north-westerly filled in.
The winds are forecast to remain very light for the rest of this morning, but are expected to increase after lunch, although there is some disagreement in forecast models for the direction, and no more than 8 knots of breeze is expected all day. Addressing the skippers before going afloat Tallis said: “We will struggle with conditions today – there’s not even as much wind as yesterday – so it’s going to be another tricky and testing day out there.”