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2010年12月 2日 (木)

QUESTION FROM A FAN; Maximum Wind Strength for Optimist Regattas?

Meeting2008_0024_2 Maximum Wind Strength for Optimist Regattas?

QUESTION:    (from a Russian race officer);

Dear Sen! Could you answer on my question? What is maximum wind strength for racing Opti class? A friend of mine ran Race for Optimist class when wind strength was about 17 m/s. Only 5 boats from fleet (40 boats) managed to complete the race. Others either retired or capsized.
I would like to ask - on the Top Level Event for Opti class (World Championship) - what is range strength of wind? Are usually there any provisions concerning strength of wind in Sailing Instruction for young sailors? >Thank you.


ANSWER: (by the blog editor);
(1) Summary
1. This matter should be entrusted to the discretion of the Race Committee.

2. The wind speed limit is not described in most of Sailing Instructions.
3. The RC should be decided whether to run or cancel the race by the yardsticks for judging;
     - Wind strength
     - Other whether conditions (temperature, water temperature, etc)
     - Numbers of rescue boats
     - Level of competitors
     - Harbor police’s instructions, if any
4. Skillful competitors are never afraid of heavy conditions (wind, sea).


(2) Examples in Domestic races (by experience as a race officer & a judge)
The wind speed limit is not described in any Sailing Instructions. It is at the discretion of the Race Committee.
1. National Level (only two regattas per year)
       National Championship,

       Preliminary race for Worlds, Europeans, North American and Asian champs
       * No wind speed limit.
2. Local level (about 40 regattas per year)
       District race, Area race, Club race

       * Wind speed limit between 10meters and 12meters depending on numbers of rescue boats and obeying the harbor police’s instructions.

(3) Examples in Overseas races (by the experience of mine as an Optimist coach)
The wind speed limit is not described in any Sailing Instructions. It is at the discretion of the Race Committee.
1. European Championship 2004, 2005
2. Lake Garda Meeting Optimist 2007, 2008
      
(the biggest scale Optimist regatta in the world)
3. Orange bowl International Youth Regatta 2006, 2007
      
(the biggest scale regatta in Americas)
* No wind speed limit.
  But Wind speed limit may be provided between 10meters and 15meters depending on numbers of rescue boats and obeying the harbor police’s instructions.


Gds_0578 (4) My Experience in Lake Garda Meeting Optimist 2008
I took part in the Lake Garda Meeting Optimist 2008 as a Jury member, which regatta is the biggest scale Optimist regatta in the world. 998 Optimists from about 31 countries were competing at the Riva del Garda between the 20th – 23rd March. There are Bermuda, Brazil, Switzerland, Croazia, Czecho, Slovakia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Holland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, Myanmar, Turkey and United States.

If I remember correctly, the conditions in Day2 was as follows;
1. Maximum wind speed was 40 knots (20m/s) and Average wind speed was over 30 knots (15m/s). It was confirmed by me and a fellow French judge.
2. Temperature was less than 5 degrees centigrade. Water temperature was lower than land temperature because the snow melt-water from Alps Mountains was flowing into the Lake Garda.
3. Cadet’s level (beginners) was prohibited to go launch and only Juniores’ level was permitted to sail out.
4. There were “many many” countless capsized boats in two race areas. Most of the capsized boats were below average level (Emerald, Pearl divisions). Refer to the race results.
5. A lot of rubber boats acted as rescue operation. The numbers of rescue boats were about 80 boats including Red Cross ambulance boats and coach’s boats from participating countries. There was no injury and serious damage.
6.
Related articles on the following websites.

<Event official website>

19 22/3/2008 - 26° LAKE GARDA MEETING OPTIMIST CLASS – DAY 2
Riva del Garda, friday 21 march. Unlike the previous day when competitors had to wait for the ‘Ora’ to blow in, today, the second day of the Riva Optimist Meeting, the wind blowing at a strength of 20 knots by midday which at times also touched 25 knots. This made the race committee send the Cadets are not allowed to sail in more then 14 knots of wind. Grey skies and treacherous strong cold winds did not discourage the Juniores sailors to finish the three races programmed for today. The organizer have made sure that safety and rescue are of top priority in fact there are 170 rubber boats supervising the 3 courses. At 15.30 the International Jury decided to give the go ahead for the Cadets to launch and sail out to their course. Even though the conditions were ideal, at least the youngsters could do their first race for the
day.


<Blog by a GBR coach>
26th Lake Garda Easter Optimist Meeting, 19-23 March 2008
By Alan Williams, GBR Coach 26 Mar 2008 13:10
The gradient wind was from the south and overran the Ora, so we had big seas (ona lake), and solid heavy wind up to 30kts dropping as low as 10 knots which was tough in the chop.

It was so windy that David Grant’s sail numbers started to blow off whilst being towed. There were 3 races and it was a tough day at the office for everyone. Team GBR were in great form and notable results included Tom Britz 5,3,3. Christian Townrow 3, 20,17. Callum Ellis 13,16,18. Annabel Vose 4,11,13. David Grant, 6,19,2. Ben Robinson 17,15,6. and Ben Harden 5,ocs,ocs. Ollie Cooper had his best race of the event with a 10.

pdf Dloadnowbutton :「maximun_wind_strength_for_optimist_regattas.pdf」をダウンロード
Attached Copies of GARDA event:
Event Official website:「fraglia_vela_riva_riva_del_garda_lago_di_garda_trentino_trento_italy0322.mht」をダウンロード
「results_jun_division_b.mht」をダウンロード 
GBR coach blog:「26th_lake_garda_easter_optimist_meeting_yachts_and_yachting_online.mht」をダウンロード

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