Euro 2016 Day 2 Race No. 3

As planned, overcast sky this morning with irregular winds from North, 6-12 knots, cooler temperature (+/- 20 C)
Warning signal around 12.00 pm to send us on the water after the girls RB have their 1st race of the day.
At least 20 minutes going downwind to reach the starting line, pushed by downstream current (low tide) .
Then the start…on time today.
Quickly, big sails took advantage and then game was to find its way between counter currents and gusting zone. I don’t think we ever got 12 knots..maybe 10 max. Hard to climb on rails in that conditions.
Suddenly a thunderstorm surged when on reach (last part of race) and I barely got enough wind to finish race in time behind a 9.5 sailor.
Then wind died entirely, eliminating racers behind me…Lightning strikes and rain forced race committee to cancel other races and security boats took care of carrying almost all of us back to the Club.
Now, evening party with good friends and beers
See you tomorrow for new fights

Euro 2016 first day of racing


Jonas Davidson of Sweden. Picture by Patrik Pollak @ International Raceboard Class

Very good 1st day here…good ambiance..I believe people are just happy realizing that…YES, IT IS HAPPENING AGAIN! Judges, ISAF / WS measurers, Top committee race and organization…. This is serious business..very serious business.

We waited until 3.00 pm they asked us to go on the water…Very hot day, blue sky, very light wind but thermic was coming. So we went on water …nice breeze. 8-12 knots…maybe a bit more upwind in some places.

As already explained, we missed 1st start (I didn’t but was very late) because race committee sent D2 first instead of third as they told us in the Skipper meeting in the morning. 1st Lesson learned (or reminder) : Always stay close to Race committee boart who can decide something different at last minute. Very choppy water but enough wind to move well except at the end of 2nd race. 2nd Lesson learned (or reminder): With only 3 type B sails, no point to make a division so we are diluted into type C Division We knew it but racing with 7.5 old sails vs 8.5 or 9.5 new sails doesn’t help in waves. If was really tough to maintain speed and get on the rails (not enough power most of the time) while watching friends taking off and quickly flying away. But it is what it is. We managed to complete and finish the races from behind.

Tomorrow is another day. Forecast are winds (10-12 knots, more ?) from the North/North East, overcast, with chances of rain by the end of afternoon, cooler..+/- 20 C

Will fight even more 🙂 !

Eric Bouillet

Pictures from day 1 racing (courtesy of International Raceboard Class)

And the results from the first 2 races :

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ID2CA temporary ranking

Just a few days before the Europeans in Brest.

Here is the temporary ID2CA 2016 ranking list after 3 official races (Vintage wind slam Slovenia,Blanes Spain,Diaporos regatta Greece).

Remaining 2 races to complete the circuit for 2016: European championships next week with a coefficient 2 and Oceanics in Brisbane in November with a coefficient 2 also .

After that the final list will be posted.

Happy sailing to you all!


10 days to the DIV II Euro 2016 Championships


YES 10 days until the Euro 2016 starts!

This IWA sanctioned event is opened to sailors in good standing with ID2CA ( i.e. Class memberships/tagged/approved equipment required).

Registrations have started already.

Do not wait until last minute.

Take your membership (if not done yet) and fill event forms ASAP.

For NoRs, details are here

Event registration is here

More info here

Good luck & happy sailing!

ID2CA technical committee

Logo_D2_300_fThe ID2CA has appointed former Olympic and World Championships multi medalists Bruce Kendall, Scott Steele, Alain Cadre and Jonas Davidson as Key Team Members of ID2CA Technical Committee.

Appointed by the Class Executive Committee (EC), the TC role is, among other things, to advise about Class Rules, rules interpretations and abuse of rules, proposed amendments to Class Rules, build specifications and measurement forms, as well as overseeing measurement checks at officially sanctioned DII Events.

Bruce Kendal – NZL – Olympic Gold Medal 1988 Men Windsurf
“The return of the D2 class is a big thumbs up to helping people to relive or experience for the first time the joys and challenges of sailing round bottom boards & often small light weight rigs. It is a big thumbs up for recycling and making old things new.  A first for windsurfing in creating a Nostalgic or “Classic” class such as has been done in other yachting classes such as the Flying Dutchmen and Dragons or in motor sport.
I look forward to joining others some time soon on my Lechner A390 from the 1992 era. I am interested to see the new developments too.”

Alain Cadre-FRA – Silver Medal – Windsurf World Championship 1989

“C’est un grand plaisir de renaviguer sur une Division II avec les nouveaux greements.
Cette sensation de naviguer au pres, au planning en apesanteur, dans le petit temps, presque sans efforts, ne se trouve nulle part ailleurs dans le monde de la voile legere.
À l’heure ou tout le monde ne pense qu’a voler (foils), la c’est le contact avec l’eau qui est apprecie, c’est une glisse meme a 5kts de vent ou il faut plus faire preuve de finesse que de force.
Il est interessant de voir l’e evolution (ou pas) des carenes a l’interieur de cette jauge, vieille de 25 ans, que vont engendrer les nouveau greements, beaucoup plus faciles et performants.”

Jonas Davidson-Vitell e SWE – Gold Medal – Windsurf World Championship 1985

“I have started D2 sailing again after 25 years.  The reason is that I want a fast board with harmony in all conditions. With those big modern sails and some small modifications of the hull the D2 is fantastic to sail. Railing with the lift of the centerboard upwind makes it awesome.
My implication at ID2CA Technical Committee is as a sailor and designer to keep the good things and look for interesting developments.
I hope that we, in the future,  will see more people seeing the advantages of D2. I hope we will see a lot of competitors in championships and club races and/or just enjoying the D2.”

ID2CA Technical Committee:

Limited to 4 members in addition to Chief Measurer and International Secretary and appointed by Class Executive Committee, mission of TC is to consider Class Measurement Rules and other technical matters including rule interpretations, to advise upon their revision, to give direction on how to prevent abuse of the rules, to put forward proposals for amendments to Class rules, building specifications and measurement forms, to oversee measurement checks at officially sanctioned DII Events.