#SB20 – In big mistral breezes exceeding 32 knots at stages the SB20 fleet took to the racecourse for Race 1 today. Rodion Luka won the opening gambit of the event. Best placed Irish boat was Sharkbait in 9th but not without a bit of damage incurred with a leeward gate collision with fellow Irish boat Dave Barry (Lia) who subsequently broke their pole. Venues-World.com also incurred damage with a broken pole. Unfortunately the news of the days also brings word of Mel and Killian Collins out of day 1 with a dropped rig. Some frantic boat repairs now required shore side.
Extreme conditions today, boats are reporting submarining conditions downwind with speeds in excess of 21 knots. The fleet has been called ashore for the moment which means race 2 is on hold for the time being. The forecast for the next 2 days is for more very heavy breeze.