After a 13 hour drive from Amsterdam I made it Sopot Poland for the 2nd Formula Grand Prix event of 2008. Most sailors hit the water today to tune up their equipment. I'm still in the process of trying some new stuff out so even the day before the competition, I'm trying out new trim settings and fins to get things dialed in.
The biggest difference I noticed today was with the use of a wide end boom. I was able to go deeper and still have speed. Upwind I am still not 100% there but there are some really good sailors to line up against here.
Overall a good impression with most of the fleet arriving today and getting on the water for a few hours. Sopot is a beautiful old town on the Baltic sea and the race is centered a great sailing center just on the beach. The conditions, although light provided to be quite a challenge with a building sea state and some unruly swell to deal with. Most of the fleet was on their 12m rigs today with light powerful fins.
It looks like the competition will be tight here with the top 16 fighting it out for the prize money.
More reports tomorrow.