05 May 2017

A Transition To Manage

The Sail Racing PalmaVela regatta reaches the second day of racing for the IRC, Wally, Maxi72, ClubSwan 50s and the Swan 45s. For the other classes, comprising more than 100 boats across the ten other fleets, this will be their first of three days of competition.


The winds should be moderate today, slightly more than yesterday, up to 16 or 17kts. Class leaders are Momo in the Maxi72, Magic Carpet 3 in the Wally, Earlybird in the ClubSwan 50s, Elena Nova in the Swan 45s, Aegir and Pelotari.Project in IRC Classes 1 and 2.

The second day of the regatta sees the ORC, AICO J80, Sotheby’s Dragon, Flying Fifteen and Classics join the racing programme. The schedule for the day is a Coastal Race for the IRC, ORC and Classics and windward-leewards for the other fleets

Gaspar Morey, PRO for Sail Racing PalmaVela, explains the likely weather situation for today: "Yesterday we saw the Xaloc wind of 15 or 16kts peaking at 20kts and it was spectacular racing. Today we expect the Levante, but there is a transition phase due during the afternoon, the breeze shifting between 30 and 50 degrees. Our worry is this happens during a race and we have to adapt quickly or might affect the outcome of the races. Everything will depend on when this shift occurs."

All of the main classes make a coastal race today, the IRC Classes are due to do about 30 miles, the ORC fleets about 25 and the Classics around 17 miles. In total the regatta fleet will be around 130 boats today.