My first DYR has been a big adventure. I have never sailed in such steep and big waves before – and I struggled quite a big to keep my boat afloat. The first two regatta days went very well. We had between 10 and 15 knots and the waves were still moderate. I came in 35th, 11th, 9th (but I got an UFD ;-)), 25th, 39th, 26th and 38th. On day three and four the wind picked up to between 18 and 25 knots, really big waves and strong gusts. I had to give up after the first race (50th) on Saturday. On Sunday, I finished all races but did not keep the time limit in the final one after I capsized three times – yet another DNF. In the other two races I became 51th and 37th.
I ended up in the “Ivory fleet” and as 296th overall of 413 participants from 15 countries and as 66th Optimist Benjamin among 126 other Benjamins. The Benjamins category did, however, also include kids that were a year older than I.
My ranking of course is a disappointment. Anyway, I think I did learn a lot and it is clear to me that I need to train more in big waves.
DYR was the last regatta I sailed with my 23 years old Nordest opti. I am hoping to pass it on to my little sister who just started sailing the optimist.
Coming up next is the Zürichsee Cup 2015 where teams (an Optimist, a 420, a Laser, or a 29er and a yacht) from different Lake Zurich sailing clubs sail against each other. My sailing club is the defender of the trophy. I will sail both my optimist and the team yacht, joint with my father and my coach Sebastian Beer. Looking forward to it!!!
Cool photos on http://dutchyouthregatta.org/index.php?page=116&lan=du&id=12.
My name is Simon Kaiser and I simply love sailing.