Unusual weather conditions offered interesting racing to the IC45 fleet for their second regatta of the season in Palma, Mallorca.
The first race was lead by Faster K-Yote 2 from the beginning who chose the left hand side. The red boat misjudged the layline during the second windward leg offering her competitors the chance of a come back. Barlo Plastics managed to overtake on the finishing line. Babbalaas was third.
In the second race Investor made the best start and the best tactical choice. She lead the race from the beginning to end in stronger strong wind (gusts up to 25 knots). Behind her, Barlo Plastics sailed well again and rounded the first mark second with Faster K-Yote 2 third. Babbalaas came back well thanks to a radical left hand side tactical choice and managed to take third place on the final run.
The third race was started with heavy air again. An incident occurred between Investor and Faster K-Yote 2 while the two boats were very to Babbalaas. Babbalaas was penalised and had to do a 360° turn. By the top mark, Barlo Plastics was clear leader. The Spanish boat helmed by the Prince of Spain was second at the topmark followed by the other spanish boat La Casera. While all this was going on Barlo Plastics sailed away to win her second race ahead of La Casera and Faster K-Yote 2.
The committee was courageous enough to start the fourth race despite the lack of wind. The course was short with only one upwind and downwind leg. Barlo Plastics and Babbalaas but despite a premature start La Casera crossed ahead of them both on the first beat. The finish was in the same order.
After a successful day, Stead enthused, "It's been a brilliant day's sailing with Ben [Ainslie] on helm, Peter Gilmore has trained him well and it's also great to have navigator Stuart Childerley aboard. We're here to do as much racing as possible, so hopefully we can get another four races in tomorrow." On the helm, Ainslie commented, "I am delighted with my first day on board Barlo Plastics and was especially impressed with the crew work and boat handling - it's always good to come away with such solid results."
Overall results after 4 races
1 Barlo Plastics Stead/Ainslie 6 pts
2 La Casera Smith/Jaudenes 13 pts
3 Investor Krantz/Van Triest 14 pts
4 Faster K-Yote Charbonnier/Fedensieu 14 pts
5 Babbalaas Barker/Mc Lean 15 pts
6 Aifos Amaldo 22 pts