Please select your home edition
Edition
Henri-Lloyd 2020 HLRC LEADERBOARD

M32 World Championship 2019 at Lake Garda - Day 2: Convexity ahead at the half way stage

by M32 European Series 28 Aug 2019 20:09 PDT 26-30 August 2019
Don Wilson's Convexity was star performer of today and leads at the half way stage of this World Championship © Drew Malcolm

With clouds over some mountains but not others and a stillness in the air early on, there was much uncertainty over what the wind would do on day two of the M32 World Championship, hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva on Lake Garda. In fact the call to wait for the local afternoon southerly proved correct and the 12-strong international fleet was able to sail the full five race schedule.

After day two a new team has taken the lead overall, although not unexpectedly, Don Wilson's Convexity having been pre-start favourite with most time in the class, with a strong win rate this season and part of a two boat team with his sister Jennifer's Convergence.

However it was day one winner, Bliksem of New York-based Dutchman Pieter Taselaar, that came out firing, reeled off wins in today's first two races. By lunchtime today the wind was gusting into the mid-teens and the call was made to reef the Swedish-built one design catamarans. In the first race which got under way at 1400, Bliksem did a short timed run into the line found a gap and led into the reaching mark and from there on. In the second race when the wind had dropped slightly and reefs were removed, Bliksem was also thereabouts in the start.

"We are pretty confident with our heavier wind starting and we struggle when it gets lighter," explained Bliksem's tactician, Australian match racer Keith Swinton. "We are still sailing quite well, but there are limited options when you are out the back. In fact it wasn't that bad - we just missed some little things but they were enough that we were seventh or eighth at the reach mark and not third."

In fact these races were hardly clear cut wins which Bliksem finished either with boats overlapped or on their transom. Sadly the remaining three races saw mid-fleet finishes for Pieter Taselaar's team, so they were today's third top scorer and have dropped to second overall.

The class act of the day was once again the consistent two boat team of Convexity and Convergence, skippered respectively by Chicago-based siblings Don and Jennifer Wilson.

Convexity had the marginally better day winning the final two races, while Convergence, winner of last week's M32 European Series Pre-Worlds claimed today's third. Across today's five races they scored just 11 and 12 points.

"We definitely had a better day today," admitted Don. "We are getting a little more used to the venue and getting little things together." Convexity won the start and was first to the reaching mark ahead of Ian Williams' GAC Extreme2, helmed this week by Dan Cheresh. From there the Chicago boat led to the finish. In the final race Convergence won the start but Convexity won by taking a different path up the second beat.

"It is still very tricky," explained Don Wilson of the venue. "In the first race we won the start and we led at the reach mark and we did a gybe set, which was no good because we sailed into a big hole. You had to pick the right time to get to the right."

While the lead trio of US teams have dominated the first half of this championship, others came to the fore today. Consistency left GAC Extreme2 fourth top scorer today, while Sydney's Harry Price and his young Aussie-Kiwi crew on Down Under Racing came very close to winning the second race. "It was up and down, but we had a much better day than yesterday," said Price. "We got off the start line nicely and got into a few different racing scenarios and we managed to lead around the course and just got pipped. We are happy we managed to be at the front of the fleet for one of the races."

Down Under Racing was a late entry at this World Championship as Price is attempting to get M32 racing going in Sydney. "Our boat speed is there. We are just struggling to get around the course the way we want to. Hopefully tomorrow we can rectify it."

Yann Guichard's Spindrift racing, on which Xavier Revill is helming, showed similar moments to those that won her June's M32 European Series Medemblik. Anticipating Garda being a windier venue, they, like GAC Extreme2, chose to sail with five crew for this event rather than four. "Yesterday downwind was okay but we were very slow upwind," admitted Revill. "Today we found some new solutions and it was getting better and better." But again the French team failed to find consistency, mixing a promising third and two fourths with two deeper results.

Elsewhere, Richard Davies' Section 16 from Switzerland was third in today's fourth race while Richard Göransson's Inga from Sweden had come home third in the previous race. "I enjoyed it. It was brilliant, but the sport was the winner! It is very puffy," stated Göransson. "Today it was very hard to call lay lines because everything would change, but it is the same for everyone and we just have ourselves to blame..."

With the forecast turning unstable again tomorrow, the race organisation has chosen to sail in the northerly Pelèr win in the morning, with a first warning signal at.... 08.30.

Results after Day 2:

Pos Team Skipper D1 D2 Pts
1 Convexity Don Wilson 23 11 34
2 Bliksem Pieter Taselar 14 22 36
3 Convergence Jennifer Wilson 31 12 43
4 Midtown Larry Phillips 24 32 56
5 GAC / Extreme Dan Cheresh 28 30 58
6 Gravedigger James Prendergast 26 39 65
7 Spindrift Xavier Revill 36 33 69
8 Inga from Sweden Richard Goransson 37 36 73
9 Section 16 Richard Davies 38 38 76
10 Downunder Racing Harry Price 42 36 78
11 Team NL PJ Postma 46 46 92
12 Karlsson Racing Team Anton Karlsson 48 57 105

Related Articles

Full on action at the M32 Midtown Cup
Despite the challenging weather, there was no shortage of action This weekend's Midtown Cup Series event will undoubtedly linger in competitors' minds as they prepare for the Midtown Cup's final event in October. Posted on 21 Sep
M32 Class North America Midtown Cup Series
Fun and competitive racing for the class in Newport, RI Despite what is going on in the world with COVID-19 the M32 catamaran fleet in Newport, RI has been able to consistently race this summer because of the formatting of the regattas which are collectively organized by the fleet. Posted on 3 Sep
North Sails Weekly Debrief
Story Behind The Sails, The Ultimate Cruiser The Solitaire du Figaro is an unrivaled challenge in ocean racing. Whether it is the craft on which the sailors' race – the Figaro Beneteau 3 hydrofoil - the format of the race over four short legs, the frantic pace, the demanding course. Posted on 30 Aug
M32 Worlds cancelled
M32 racing continues on a continental level It is with a heavy heart that the M32 Class board has made the decision to cancel the 2020 World Championship scheduled for Miami in November. Posted on 26 Aug
M32 fleet back on the water at last
GAC Pindar win in Marstrand The racing was held in mostly light winds with a seabreeze that didn't quite pick up that it usually does on the Swedish west coast. Early on in the regatta it became apparent that GAC Pindar and Inga from Sweden were fighting for the win. Posted on 21 Aug
Newport delivers - Next Marstrand for M32 fleet
Putting on a safe event in challenging times for regatta organizers The sun came out for the weekend and gave the seven boat fleet the best Newport has to offer. Five races sailed in 14-17 knots on Saturday and four races on Sunday with the fleet being treated to a nice sea breeze gusting up to 20 knots. Posted on 29 Jul
Newport and Marstrand for M32 Season restart
Starting tomorrow in the USA After a long wait we are thrilled to go racing in the M32 again! The starting point for the much delayed 2020 season will be Newport, RI, USA July 17-19 and Marstrand, Sweden August 7-9. Posted on 16 Jul
M32 Class May Newsletter
At this time the schedule for July and forward remains in place We live in challenging times, and it is the hope that this class update reaches you and your close ones in good health. The priority of any class activities will always be to keep the sailors and the community safe. Posted on 29 May
M32 Worlds 2021 confirmed for Cascais
An event to look forward to help us get through these difficult times It is a period of uncertainty for the sailing world with canceled and postponed events, yacht clubs closing, and people not being able to sail. It's tough times, and we wish a speedy recovery for our friends in those areas most affected. Posted on 26 Mar
M32 Miami Winter Series weekend 2
Bliksem wins in windy Miami Pieter Taselaar's Bliksem held off the competition and won the second event of the Miami winter series. A happy Pieter Taselaar comments, "We were in first Day One, and it's always a challenge to hold on to that. Posted on 13 Feb
Henri-Lloyd 2020 HLRC FOOTERCyclops Marine 2020 - FOOTERVaikobi 2019AUG - Footer 1