23 Apr 2016 - Banderas Bay initiated 136 Masters sailors from 18 countries with a strong southerly breeze for this afternoon’s practice race. Equipment inspection and registration was completed before noon, and the first of three races for the five divisions started just after 1400h in 12 knots under clear skies.
Masters sailors are aged 35 and over, with a division for each decade of age – Apprentice, Masters, Grand Masters, Great Grand Masters, and 75+. The first two divisions started together, but each division is scored separately. Grand Masters started next, followed by the two divisions of older sailors. A single practice race for each group was scheduled.
The wind built through the afternoon, ultimately exceeding 20 knots, with heavy waves. Most sailors completed the day unassisted, but several needed assistance from the safety team to right capsized boats. All sailors made it safely to shore. Banderas Bay is known for strong afternoon winds, and it delivered.
Racing begins tomorrow, and we’ll see what the day offers us. Two races are scheduled for each of the next seven days, with a midweek layday on Wednesday. Regardless, the warm waters and sunny skies should make for some great racing and tough completion.