San francisco international folkboat regatta 2017

A grey and overcast day met the competitors for the first day of Kiel Week 2018. The Folkboat class had an hour sail to their race course ‘foxtrot’ located on the south-east headland at Kiel, some way away from the Olympic dinghy classes, but sharing the racing area with J24’s and Albion’s.

Those who had attended the earlier weather briefing knew that the day was forecast for the wind to ‘clap out’ completely, and by 2:00pm the wind delivered the inevitable and the race committee abandoned the racing for the day, having started the race one for all competitors, in a mixed bag of 20-degree wind shifts and one massive squall with rain. This then all subsided to 3 knots and sunshine, a truly diverse weather pattern. All competitors trudged in with no races completed, and an uphill battle for the race committee to get in 11 races in three days.