I am flying home from the Yngling Worlds. The `olde guard' were totally supportive of the `New Olympic Wave' although some were rather aggressive on the race course not overly accepting being beaten by the women.
There were 92 boats from over 20 countries, more than ever before, with men's crews plus 5 past World Champions, mixed crews and women who have only been in the boat for a year.
Of the top 15 finishes there was only one man and he was 8th. There will be a Women's Worlds in Cadiz, which is the second Olympic qualifcation regatta and everyone is so excited,
It was a great regatta. In fact the best thing was the teams - men and women together - from the various regions hosted a night on their initiative.
Austria, Swiss and Germany had a Bratwurst, Beer and cheese night accompanied by traditional après ski music.
Scandinavians had a schnapps, smoked eels, herring and salmon night. Aussies and Kiwis had more beer and bangers.
The mid-Atlantic group including GBR, USA, Bermuda, Canada and France had a great evening with wine and cheese, pancakes and maple syrup (Martha's Mom supplied).
There was Paula LEWIN's team (BER) serving Dark and Stormy's with Rum and Ginger beer brought from Bermuda, Cathy FOSTER's team (GBR) with Shortbread and Pimms topped with fresh mint carried carefully from the UK. Canadian crew cooking pancakes with plenty of maple syrup.
Hannah SWETT (USA), Melissa PURDY and Joan TOUCHETTE paying for and serving the beer. Jody SWANSON's team providing the Oreo's, with Betsy ALISON's team playing DJ. The Dutch served special cheeses with very potent Dutch liqueurs.
All hosting their 300 new and old friends in the Yngling Class.
The Yngling Class, after some initial growing pains, has come into the Olympic World with a firm direction and they are to be congratulated. It is now a challenge to the MNA's who have not supported their women's crews to get involved.
Warnemunde was a fine venue and the local sailors and citizens were great hosts.
They have a dream to host the Olympics in 2012 and it would be a fine site. They are also talking about hosting the ISAF 2007 World Cup for Olympic Classes in 2007 along with Kiel and Travemunde.
GO FOR IT!