The time is finally here: Tuesday marks the first day of racing in Marseille, France for the 49er World Championships. Over 100 boats are signed up in the largest fleet since the World Championships in Lake Garda, Italy in 2001. The boat park is noticeable full and stocked with the best teams in the world.
Zach and I have been in Marseille since Monday and have had a full week of Mistral conditions. We have had to work around the 30+mph winds sometimes sailing early in the morning from 7:30am-10am or late in the afternoon when the breeze was more manageable. Similarly to our sailing in Santander, there are huge swells with sizable chop when conditions are fresh. It appears, though, that as this epic week of sailing ends so is the breeze. The forecast for next week is extremely light. There is always the opportunity for some local thermal to develop, but it is unlikely most days. Luckily, our last two days of sailing have also been light and we feel comfortable in either of the extreme wind conditions.
With our boat already weighed and measured, we will have a light practice today and tomorrow. Tonight, we will entertain ourselves with American Football and the America’s Cup if the internet connection can handle it!