Here Goes the Show!
Diary of a novice (or almost) – Day 2 of the 2013 World Championships 49er & 49er FX Marseille.
We now come to the first real day of the competition world of 49er happening all week until Sunday in Marseille. Today, the 1st qualifying rounds will take place, competitors will finally be able to compete against each other, testing their boats, fighting on the starting line, screaming for buoy toom, throwing themselves from one side to the other on each tack… let roar their competitive spirit sharpened after months of training!
Yes but now, cruelty, the weather is a fact with which we must deal, and the becalmed , a guest who always encroaches at the worst time . And this morning, we can say that it takes his ease … Nearly two hours waiting for the breeze rises, Dimitri Deruelle, organizer and the responsible party “Water” Event despairs. All boats are docked, competitors and staff: same fight. All eyes on the water, all await the small wavelets, heralding the famous thermal.
Shoreside staff, the media team (journalists, Press, photographer, webmaster, TV productions authors everyday very cool vidéos) including myself, tear out our hair: the internet jumps without stopping.
It allows me to do my favorite activity: hanging out, smartphone and notebook in hand, between groups of competitors, being involved as they can.
My ear is drawn by a conversation with a good emphasis from home: the daughters of the Italian team discuss similarities between Marseilles and Naples . But that does not mean navigation … and Paola Lavinia, 20 years and originating from Lake Garda, explain to Giulia et Francesca, 16 years old and having drawn their first runs in the Ligurian Sea, in Marseille also, people are warm-blooded and it lacks the shadow of Vesuvius lanes of Basket, visited during their day off. When we try to learn more about their sporting career, the girls quickly revert serious. Paola has already run the world in Croatia last year 29er (smaller and less powerful than the 49er FX version), and confesses to rise steadily to 5 am to train with the thermal wind in the morning (again ). With Lavinia they seek the “theatre final”, ie the top 10 female crews.
Our conversation is interrupted by a rumor side flags: “It ends the interview! ” or the signal that it is time to move and prepare the boats, at least for the 100 crews boys who separated in three fleets will race first, says Danielle.
The fifty female teams wait until about 16 hours, when these gentlemen have finished their two races of the day. So I continue my day of ‘girl power’ on the embankment opposite the port, commenting with Sarah and Julie on the boys maneuvers: “It is thanks to them that we progress so fast. Their experience and mistakes allow us to bridge the gap that might have against the other boats. “The Rochelaise and Brest have applied since July suitcase in Marseille, where they train at the Pole France French Sailing Federation, with 5 other women and 7 crew boats boys – including selected Olympians, Stéphane Christidis et Manu Dyen. The main feature of this pair of blondes character pragmatism. One like the other work (Sarah is a school teacher, Julie quality engineer), and enjoy landscaped contracts that allow them to devote today nearly 40% of their working time to their passion. And all holidays and every weekend. And they hope their time in the next three years, if they win the selection for Rio 2016 Olympics the as the first 49erFX. But Sarah tempers, realistic “The level is very high. Our goal this week is to do what we can do without complicating things too much. ”
A little sausage and butter later, and the girls can finally get in the competition, while the boys back. The wind is low, but Dimitri was smiling “we had 7-10 knots of steady wind, which allows us to clean races without changing course. For the organizers, this is the perfect wind. ” This is also what that must have been thinking after 2 rounds in three tie that ensured the show: Fletcher & Sign (GBR), Warrer & Lang (DEN) et Hansen & Porebski (NZL).
49erFX side, while the wind keeps weakening, girls back, also after two innings. My Italian friends Giulia and Francesca finish third overall, Julie and Sarah, 16th (1st and French). As for the last girl team with whom I have discussed, enthusiastic and determined Griselda and Sara, unique crew came from Singapore, who faced the mistral since three weeks, not only won the “« Green Jersy» as best starters of the day , but also the first in the ranking of girls.
Tomorrow, serious things continue with the following qualifications for the top 40 men and top 20 women. And in the evening, we will be a little less serious with a paella party By then, hopefully find some new stories to add to my collection of 28 nationalities on these championships.
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Your special envoy from the pontoon, Flavia
Your special envoy from the ponton,