Well, my 20 minutes in the boat before going really showed. The massive winds at Torbole bringing some pretty large waves with it was a pretty harsh testing environment to learn to sail a new boat in!
The new boat has proven to be solidly built though, with so many crashes and pitchpoles over the course of the week (and yet another expensive pair of sunnies consigned to the bottom of a lake). Its also been a bit of a pain to control, soon traced back to a small sized flap on the daggerboard causing my body weight to be far more crucial to flying than it should be, it’s impossible to be in the right place all the time when you are overtaking the wave crests at 20 knots! This is now hopefully remedied and going back into testing at the weekend I’m confident that the Samurai will be competitive with the best of them.
All the pre worlds trash talk from Bladerider showed to be pretty true, with a superior control system on the foils making the boats very sailable on the big days, this advantage did dissapear on the last day when the sailing was a little more sensible though, so it will be interesting to see if they are actually any faster. They did however display a spectacular penchant for exploding in a varying array of manners (even the deck fell off one…) and a massive pile of destoyed foils must be stacked up somewhere! All this should be sorted pretty soon though and the BR will be a welcome addition to the fleet.
Team GB showed some great cameraderie in the harsh conditions with the Adam May instigated saluting providing amusement to the rest of the fleet, tea breaks on the lawn in the middle of the boat park and massive Aardvark/Fullforce/May boat repair training sessions and the threatened Tom Whicher boat pimping mission. Many people learnt the hard way that Rods 90 second epoxy was pretty much water soluble. Garys immense Aviators and the Felt Cruiser provided amusement for the rest of us.
Weymouth Nationals is going to be ace, Weymouth worlds next year is going to be even better….