Continuing our reports from the IFCA Slalom World Championships in Azores, the four times youth world champion Amado Vrieswijk updates from a slow paced day one. We also hear from Jordy Vonk who gives us some top tips on how to tune your kit for the lightest of light winds.
Check out previous updates below:
wind predictions for the coming three days looks very positive according to one of the local race directors
Over to Amado
Today after skippers meeting at 10 o'clock it was already clear that the wind would not pick up very soon. After a photoshoot with all the riders on the beach I spent most of my time in the equipment tent. It was the usual format, stickering up my sails, catching up with friends and meeting some of the new slalom guys. Holding us on standby until 4:00pm meant there was no real hurry to do too much. The wind predictions for the coming three days looks very positive according to one of the local race directors. But it's still the Azores, anything can happen, so we all have our fingers crossed.
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Click on page three to see Jordy Vonk's short and sweet rigging tips for light wind. Page two gives us a brief insight into the Jordy's career.
Another young slalom sailor who has multiple titles under his belt Jordy has made the podium on the international scene many times. Just check out some of his highlight results.
Vice-European Champion U17 slalom. (2009)
Vice- European Champion U20 slalom. (2010)
3rd World Championship U20 slalom. (2011)
3rd World Championship U20 formula. (2011/2012)
Vice-World Champion U20 slalom. (2012)
3rd World Championship MEN slalom. (2013)
More here - www.jordyvonk.nl
Over to Jordy
To make this happen I can do a few things: -
1) Use a bit less downhaul
2) Put my mast-base a bit further back
3) Use a bigger fin
4) Put my boom higher
5) Less outhaul to make my sail even more powerful.
This helps me generate a lot of power from my sail and it should make me fly with the minimum of 11 knots!