Storm clouds continued to postpone racing on day two of the TF35 Malcesine Cup. At the morning skipper's briefing, the seven TF35s were instructed to stay tied up at the dock to wait for the forecasted strong northerly Pelèr wind to abate in the afternoon, allowing the southerly Ora wind to kick in. At 1300 the teams headed out hoping to get some classic Lake Garda racing in, but this didn't happen as the northerly, boosted by the morning storm, continued to blow at 20knots and the teams returned to the safety of Fraglia Vela Malcesine.
"Lake Garda is a beautiful place, Lake Garda is sublime, and it is theoretically a paradise for sailing. For the past two or three days, there has finally been a bit of rain in Europe, we won't complain about it, but it's upset the regularity of the wind," explained Team Sailfever helm Loïck Peyron on the dock as the team waited for the wind to settle.
With Principal Race Officer Benoit Deutsch on the water with a welth of local knowledge on the Race Committee boat, the teams were called out at the first sign of the wind dropping below 15 knots, but sadly, the window of opportunity was slim. The wind went from 15 to 6 knots in less than ten minutes, and the single race started in a promising 10-knot breeze had to be abandoned at the first gate when the wind vanished.
"It's always a little frustrating not being able to race, but there are more unhappy people in the world than sailors waiting for the wind or complaining about having too much. Really," summarised Peyron at the end of the day.
"As for me, I explained to the young people on board that I am of an optimistic and fatalistic temperament. That says everything. It means that we have to accept what happens to us for good as well as for less good. Lake Garda is one of the perfect places for these boats; we felt it during the training days. Today was not ideal, but it will come", he added.
The forecast for tomorrow is for classic Malcesine racing with the Ora wind kicking in at 1200 and racing planned to start at 1300.