My wife looked at me with a “silenced look” when I said I would like to participate in the International Finn Cup in Malcesine, and she was probably right. What is an almost retired person with more desire than talent looking for at such an event?
Still, it turned out to be a fun adventure on one of the best sailing waters in Europe, despite the less than perfect weather. The level was quite high; a perfect organisation, races of one hour with very long stretches, most of them good sailors with Fantasticas and AOR booms. My results could have been better but that could not spoil the fun!
What did we learn (Piet Huysentruyt would say)?
1. If everyone seems to be going the wrong way, there is a reason for it! The wind bends down the mountainside and the locals know this phenomenon only too well. It has cost me quite a few places.
2. There was some wave action after the passage of storm Alex, even though it is very deep there. It was best to go low and fast, then my speed was good.
3. It would have been a lot more fun if we had had more Belgians along (like in El Balis)!!!