Nacra Sailing First afternoon of the first day at the Olympic trials.
It all started quietly in the morning and after explaining all test sailors how to handle all Multihulls at 2:00 pm all the boats went out. We took a big RIB boat to Santander to facilitate the sailors as much as possible on the water with assistance when needed. The weather started to change rapidly and dark clouds were moving in fast. The wind picked up to 25 knots gusting 30 in the bay. Many boats capsized and unfortunately one of our Nacra 17ís snapped its mast after capsizing. In this bay there is a big sandbank and it probably hit the ground. Gladly we were present to help out and as we speak we are shore replacing it with a new mast. Only 9 days to go and these things happen when it gets rough, so no worries. We have enough spare stuff ;-) . The sailors coming of the NACRA F16 and the NACRA 17 were stoked and enthusiastic. That is where we all work for. To get the as much smiling faces as possible!!! We are going strong and we will report asap again!! Tomorrow looks like a really windy day and the ISAF crew already said that there might not be any sailing done. We just wait and see and will be ready for some hot action.
In case anyone missed it, the Olympic Development Team for the multihull event (Sarah Newberry and Matt Whitehead) are on the way to Spain to represent the US at the Olympic Multihull Trials in Santander.
I'm glad we are sending these two. As far as I can tell they are the first US team to step forward and announce that they will campaign for the 2016 Games. Do we know of any other teams or potential teams out there?