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Fantastic first day of race at the T293 Worlds

Fantastic first day of race at the T293 Worlds

The 2011 Techno World Championships opened up in glorious fashion this Wednesday July 20th.(all photos by waterhound.com)
With bright blue skies, warm 20mph winds, and plenty of action on the race course it was time to get down to business. After what looked to be a near perfect day of racing for the Practice Race the day prior San Francisco only upped the ante delivering exceptional racing conditions for the regatta's first official day of action. The agenda for the day called for 2 races in the first half of the day with a short break before sending the fleets out for one last race.
Like yesterday's practice race the flood tide was in full swing. When the tide is flooding here in San Francisco that means it's working against the racers as they sail upwind to the tune of about 2.5 knots on this day. This makes calling lay lines particularly difficult and forces the sailors to use tactics to minimize its effects. Lucky for the fleet St Francis Yacht Club Member Dr. Paul Heineken supplied them with a framework document to explain the tides and offering up advice honed from Heineken's decades of sailing these very waters. You can read Dr. Heinekens document by clicking here. (pictured below the Under 17 boys fleet attacks the windward mark)
Once again the fleets were split up with the largest fleet of Under 17 Boys and girls racing on the Eastern most course while the Under 15 fleets raced on the western most course. Unlike the day prior both courses were nearly identical in weather due to the complete absence of the infamous San Francisco Marine Layer.

 

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