After the winter break Triple P
returned into the water on Thursday afternoon. Koen and Ko
returned on Saturday to prepare the boat. Sunday morning we left
the harbour in a cold 20 knots breeze and a confused sea state.
We did some upwind practice and were satisfied with the mast
tuning and the 110% medium genua.
The start turned out quite well;
free wind and close to the starting vessel. We rounded the first
upwind mark in 7th position; just behind the X-35s and the
Rosetta. Downwind we topped 13.2 knots and rounded the downwind
mark in third place! And nobody was complaining about the cold
photograph by: Leo Eggink
Upwind we were able to defend our
third place behind the Daikin and the Visione. Downwind we
hoisted the big kite again and had a nice flight downwind;
stretching the lead on the competition. After a very good
spinnaker drop the last upwind leg was uneventful. Downwind was
again very pleasant and we finished third.
The race committee wisely decided
that one race was sufficient for these confused seas, strong
winds and low temperatures. On corrected time we won the race
with the Daikin 28 seconds and the Rosetta 3 minutes behind us.
Team Triple P:
1 Ralph van Etten
2 Alex van Ommen
3 Martin Rinckes
4 Ko Stroo
5 Koen Verhaeghe de Naeyer
6 Fezi Khaleghi
7 Bart Verhaeghe de Naeyer