With the Chicago skyline hazed over, light air tactics were on full display for the twelve teams competing in day one of the 2018 M32 World Championship.
Two races were completed before a third race was abandoned as the wind shut-off with teams making their way to shore early to prepare for what promises to be heavy wind conditions tomorrow.
Early in race one, ChinaOne.Ningbo found the pressure and had to commit so as not to lose their lead during maneuvers. Skipper Phil Robertson capitalized on a wind differential on the left side of the course, rocketing to the finish ten boat lengths ahead of Torrent Racing.
However, while ChinaOne.Ningbo defended their lead, a war was unfolding in the Wilson family between Don Wilson’s Convexity, and Jennifer Wilson’s Convergence. “Today was all about clean air. When you could find it, you just had to keep connecting the dots to stay in good pressure,” said Jennifer. At the end of day one, Convergence sits poised immediately behind ChinaOne.Ningbo in the standings with a two-point lead over of Convexity.
Convergence’s Ava Wilson explained, “We established ourselves early this season as the better team in light air whereas Convexity does better in the big breeze.”
However, it’s not only the battle between the local brother-sister duo that heated up today, as Ava, Don’s 16-year-old daughter, is also aboard Convergence with her aim set on upsetting her dad’s team.
“Today was personally very stressful as this is my first M32 Championship, not to mention my first World event,” said Ava. “But I have so much support from my entire family that it helped me calm down and focus.”
After a strong pre-worlds showing, Convergence continues an upward trend that has stunned onlookers this season, as the team looks to continue climbing the standings and pose a real threat to established favorites in the M32 class.
Results after Day 1:
1. ChinaOne.Ningbo, Phil Robertson (NZL) – 4pts
2. Convergence, Jennifer Wilson (USA) – 6pts
3. Convexity, Don Wilson (USA) – 8pts
4. TORRENT, Markus Edegran (USA) – 11pts
5. The Magenta Project, Sally Barkow (USA) – 11pts
6. XS Energy, Ryan DeVos (USA) – 12pts
7. Extreme2, Dan Cheresh (USA) – 13pts
8. REV, Rick DeVos (USA) – 13pts
9. Bliksem, Pieter Taselaar (USA) – 15pts
10. Riptide Racing, Chris Poole (USA) – 19pts
11. Valhalla, Hakan Svensson (SWE) – 22pts
12. Grave Digger, James Prendergast (USA) – 22pts
Day Two begins at 1200 CDT, September 21st on the Chicago stadium race course.
For more information on the M32 World Championship, visit www.m32world.com.
by Aston Harald