I arrive at the beach at 9: 45h and there is a good wind, between 35-40 knots, with that wind in Menorca, with choppy amount the Loft Racing blade 5m of 2016. Prince Andrea Baldini rides 5.6. So not being in full form I decide to ride the 5m and not the 5.9 Fanatic falcon 45 of 2011 and Gasoil fins ELS 21 cm.
The first run I take it easy to get the spot ... 39 knots of Vmax On the next run 40.87 knots of Vmax! While I was upwind I see a man who falls sharply catapulted. Next, Vincent Valkenaers and I who are close help him out of the water. It seems that the shoulder has left the site. Together with a couple of his colleagues, we wait for medical services to come. In the end they end up supplying morphine for the pain ... I hope you have a good and fast recovery.
It has been almost half hour and observing the consequences of a bad fall makes me think that I have to be cautious on my first day in La Rouet. When I come back to the water the wind is more gusty and I lack the power to make good runs. In spite of that I continue sailing to at least 5 runs and I get a good “avarage”, getting over 38 knots, 5 above my brand.
In the first hour it was fine for 5m but then it would have been better with 5.9. When you go downwind the sail is quite neutral and was sailing very comfortable. I suffer a lot more at home with 35 knots on choppy than here at 40 knots. The truth is that it has been easy to achieve one of my two objectives for this trip. The main and most realistic was to get 40 knots. The second and most ambitious was to get 40 knots of "avarage". For the next occasion I know that I have to go very strong sailing if I want to get better records and a better “avarage”. Let's see if one day I can reach 45 knots; p jejej
The experience has been fantastic, being able to navigate this fantastic spot so flat that it is easy to go relatively quickly. I have also been able to meet and navigate with some the greats of world speed, such as Prince Andrea Baldini, Vincent Valkenaers or Heidi Ulrich.
Thanking my wife and daughter who have accompanied me on the beach and made it possible for my wish to be fulfilled: D
I will back!