Archive for September, 2011

I am Back / AC 45 World Series Plymouth

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Hi all,
I haven’t blogged for more than a year due to lack of fun associated with the Assassin Fiasco, due to laziness and due to too much going on in my businesses.
Anyhow, I am finally over the Assassin thing (my boat is sold and all legal battles have ceased) and in a lot better mood business wise. And then when I sailed the zhik German Nationals at Wittensee (great post by Manfred here) I got addicted to moth sailing again – even though my result was the worst it could be with lots of letters on the scoresheet and a broken boat.
Anyhow I have decided to straighten all that out and I am starting with my own tool shed in Berlin, as I don’t want to do carbon work in my kitchen anymore (after sanding my assassin rudder I could find carbon dust in my kitchen drawers for weeks ;) . So first task is to set up shop and get the moth repaired and add a few xtras (ride hide adjuster and adjustable wand).
I also decided to spend more time mothing and I am especially happy that the German class association decided to put some funds up to organize professional trainings, powerboat and all.

I will write more about the topics mentioned above later but currently I got another topic I would like to share with you: I am in Plymouth watching the America’s Cup world series. And I can tell you one thing: the xtreme 40 series is a joke compared to this. It is just amazing how big and well organized this event is. The logistics measure up to formula 1 and the racing has been spectacular with 3 capsizes today, sun and 25kn of wind. The racing was very close and intense and it was awesome to watch the screen and the water simultaneously.

Plymouth made for a great venue as you are standing on a cliff and look down on the boats. When the boats where at the leeward gate you could see all the action – for the windward gate I used binoculars. I also managed to shoot some fotos:

Americas Cup World Series Plymouth

I’ll write a longer article about my impressions in the next few days.