Lot of rain last night and therefore lots of humidity. The sailors left shore at approx. 9.30am with approx. 1-3kts. They were on the water till 1:30h however with no races. After they returned the big mess with the charter boat return stared. Two hours queuing up to return boats. Luckily everyting was find and we did not have to pay any penalty fee like many other team.
Back to the hotel the big packing start. The kids are very tired and also glad to go home. It was a nice championship. The organization worked very well and I am sure the kids will come home with a lot of nice memories however with some disappointment as the expectations were higher than achieved. Tonight the big goodby party will be held at the Hotel and at 20:00pm we will have our bus to the airport.
Thanks for all your support and your trust and see you in Switzerland!
Today we had a great day; we did three races and finished not too late. We woke up at 6:50 for morning sport at the pool but than we decided not to do morning sport because it was raining, after we had breakfast and after we went to the club, we prepared our boats for light wind and than we played ping pong until we went out. At the first race we had really light wind for some moments but than it increased, after we did two more races with good wind and than we went in. Than we prepared our boats for the night and went eating at the club.
Adrian SUI 1801
Gestern haben wir keine Rennen gemacht. Weil am Morgen gab es einen grosse Sturm, danach gab es keinen Wind aber grosse Wellen. In der Zeit in der wir warten mussten haben wir Ping Pong gespielt. Es waren sehr viele Segler die auch Ping Pong spielen wollten. Es war lustig weil alle waren dort und man konnte mit den Andern reden , lachen und kleider austauschen. Danach ist ein bischien Wind gekommen und wir ginge raus. es wurde mir sehr schlecht weil es gab grosse Wellen und keinen Wind. Nach etwa einer Stunde sind wir wieder rein gegangen. So schnell wir konnten haben wir unsere Böter verräumt um wieder Ping Pong zu spielen. Anschliessend sind wir ins Hotel gefahren und haben dort gegessen und kurz darauf ins Zimmer um zu schlafen.
Maxime SUI 1840
Die Qualifikationstage sind vorbei und nach Team Race kommen die Finals . Ich finde es cool, dass ich es an die WM geschaft habe, doch ich habe auf bessere Resultate gewartet und war deshalb recht traurig. Leider, habe ich nicht wie alle andere Schweizer ins Goldfleet geschaft. Aber ich kann mich immer noch verbessern, da es ja noch 3 Tage( 6 Rennen). Die Konditionen sind sehr schwer für uns , weil wir fast nie so gesegelt waren. Obwohl ich es anders erwartete, habe ich viel gelernt und glaube, dass ich für mein nächste Season besser vorbereitet bin.
Maxim SUI 1714
Today was a really hard day for the team. It was the first day of team racing and we didn't manage to qualify ourselves to the second day because of a tight race against Korea. Now we will have a layday tomorrow and we will concentrate for the finals.
Arnaud, SUI 1776
OK, the qualification fleets are over and of course there is some disappointment among the sailors. No one of the team made it to the gold fleet. They all expected more and they all came to Thailand to become World Champions. It did not work out this time although they are all very good athletes. However the team spirit is very good and Antonis motivated them for the Team Race which is starting tomorrow. Our sailors are very positive and are looking forward to the team race of tomorrow.
Today's actions of the day took place in our boy's room......a big flying "something" entered through their window into their room!!!! It took them not more then two seconds to get out of the room screaming for HELP!!!!!! Thanks to brave Jean Bart (team leader of NED) who killed this strange "something"!
It was a crazy day today. All started with a nice wind and good waves. Launching was only a big problem because of the waves. Many sailors capsized while launching. There were many helpers that carried the Optis out into the water and helped the sailors to get on their boat. All the fleets had 2 races today. According to all the coaches the conditions were very difficult and strange.
After the first two fleets were onshore a real strong wind started blowing and heavy rain. Impossible to get on land for the other two fleets and they had to wait on the water. Many sailors capsized even a rib turned over. In the club everything was flying around. No chair and no table was staying on his place. There was no spot you did not get wet. A big awning fall down and fortunately nobody got injured.
Unfortunately Anja and Maxime had today at the first race a BFD. Otherwise the team is in a good mood and enjoying the time here in Thailand.
Today we sailed two races, with light to strong wind. I was in the last fleet and had to wait more than one and an half hours to start. I had a bad start and played the right side of the upwind. Near the mark there was a left shift so many boats crossed me. Everybody went on reachingcourse, but the second mark was almost on downwind. So we had a very long downwind where I won some places. At the gate and on the second upwind I lost some boats again because I was playing the middle left. Finally i finished something like 25. Our second race was fully left, I took a medium start from the left, but could continue to the left side. I waited all the boats to tack and took the next shift to close the distance to the leading boats. So I managed to pass the first mark 5. I stayed on this place till the gate, where I lost some boats. I went left again and after some meters the wind increase from 12 to 25 knots,then it was no more wind and again 20 knots. It was hard and because of a stupid foul just in front of the finish I lost the 3. place and got 6.
I`m very happy from this day and hope that tomorrow it will be the same.
Anja SUI 1830
We had a relaxing day today. After I returned from the Team Leaders meeting we went to explore a little bit of Thailand. A traditional open taxi took us first to see the Big Buddah. We all did not really know what to expect but it was a real Big Buddah with same smaller ones surrounded.
Next stop was the floating market which was more of interest to our team. We tried out (some of them) some typical Thai food from Crocodile to fried bananas, hot mango till some strange kind of beeltes..... After some souvenir shopping we went back to the Hotel and had a little snack. The time till the opening ceremony started we spent with a swim in the swimming pool and a rest in the hotel room. The team is ready for tomorrow. They have good spirit and are motivated. Also Antonis is in a good mood and ready to start the battle tomorrow.
Again big thunderstorms we had last night and in the morning when we got up there was no wind at all. We decided to enjoy the Hotel pool for a while and around 12:00h we took the bus to the club.
Barely arrived it started to rain like crazy for about 1 hour. We decided to have a good lunch at the club and than around 14:30h there was a bit of wind and off they went for sailing till about 18:00h.
Official dinner at the club and than heading back to the hotel. 20:30 briefing and than bed time.
The team is having a good time and it looks like they adjusted to the time difference. Tomorrow before we go to the opening ceremony we will visit the Big Buddah and the floating market.