This is what we´ve heard dockside at the end of Day 1.
Markus Wieser, tactician "Momo" in Mallorca Sotheby's IRC 0 class:
“We had two good races even if the breeze was too light. We were sailing too far out of the bay and so the breeze was lighter. We started to the windward side of both boats in both races to control them and that worked quite well. The other two were fighting too much for the pin end and so we stayed a little bit out of the shit fight and so we could have a good start, with options. We could do with a few more boats here but this is about building up to Porto Cervo where we will have six boats. We have a new rig and the boat is lighter and we have moved the rudder forwards. Last year we could not match Cannonball in light winds, under 10kts last year, and so today proves we can. Second race we had a big lead but the two boats gained a lot back when the breeze died. It is difficult to decided when you want to gybe.”
Gavin Brady, tactician of "Team Beau Geste" in class Mallorca Sotheby's IRC 1:
“Always on that first day you are lining up to see how everyone compares and the first start was very even. When you have the Mini Maxis in front of you it is hard. They may be a mile upwind but the air is still turbulent. When we are at low heel angles the boats don’t really give you much feel. One boat takes off and climbs away and stops and then it is your turn it is that kind of day. It is one of those days when the breeze tries to build you can get a bit of the right hand shift as well as the lefties, so it was not a ‘must go left’ day but a stock, standard Palma say nonetheless. It is a real tactician’s race course with a lot of passing opportunities.”
Sonke Meier, owner "Niramo", ClubSwan 50 class:
“It was one of the best days we have ever had. We have a great crew and the boat is very well set up. It was always the left where we found the advantages and the conditions were quite stable. We had 9-11kts in the first race and 11-13kts in the second. Cuordilione and EarlyBird pushed us hard but we had the luck today. We have a very good sail shape and set up and Noel (Drennan) and Pete (Van Niekerk have the boat going fast. They make the boat fast. We have yet to win a regatta so this is a good start. But we count everything up at the end not the first day.”