After 2 days in airplanes and on airports, I came on another regatta – North American Championship, which takes place in San Francisco Yacht Club, one of the oldest and most prestigious yacht clubs in the United States. Courtesy of the competition director Robbie Dean, logon to (along with a friend from Ukraine) on his yacht parked in the marina club.
Spot regatta? … very demanding, cold, flurry, wind shifts , various miracles floating in the water, super choppy + kilwater created by boats, but the conditions the same for all. During the first training course I could not refuse my self to passing the legendary Golden Gate Bridge, as a local ritual.
For two days I acclimatized to new conditions (“fight” with 9 hours time difference, training and sightseeing).
As for the competition have signed up about 90 riders, We were splited into two fleets: yellow and blue.
On Tuesday, there were 4 races round where I was 10, 3, 4, 2 place. In the first race I was late and started two minutes after all fleet. The error associated with the inappropriate choice of kite size. I decided to start on 13m, after moment I realized that I have too much power and decided to change to a smaller – 9m. But it was not enough time…
During the next races I competed and sailed correctly, only the last race shortly after the start I had a collision with an American guy who forced a priority on “the left”, which for him ended up intersected by the board and for me a slight damage to the fin. After I pulled myself together, I finished 2nd, just behind the leader Riccardo Leccese. the last race I took 13m and I was able to race very fast down, while rivals at that time used in most 11m kites.
Now, we are after next four races, qualifiers, where I respectively finished 4,4,4 and 8. I have a drop in form, I competed well, I made no mistakes but I was not able to break into the top three. I was riding to the windward mark very well, usually as 3rd, and down definite lack of power. In these specific conditions prevailing here is very important to proper selection of the size of kite. I am all the time between 9m and 13m, and as it turns out the perfect size to date here would be 11 meter kite, which is not registered by me. Americans have strengthened themselves in their positions. After yesterday’s day and a total of eight races, qualifiers shifted to 8th place.
Today we begin the final series, which will select the riders who will compete tomorrow in the fleet platinum (top 10), gold and silver. Every event is a new format playing the finals, the constant search for the perfect solution. Well … important day, keep your fingers crossed!
foto credit: Michael Petrikov