It might have seemed like a relatively summer sea breeze that is straightforward on the Bay of Palma, but two races contested today by the ten TP52s at the Puerto Portals 52 Super Series Sailing Week turned out hard to read. The truth that is hard to keep a high level of consistency in both races is probably best illustrated in the results of the super consistent Sled. This is the one who won the first race, but they ended at the tenth position in the second round as well as in those of the Luna Rossa, the Italian America’s Cup challengers. He finished in the ninth position in the first race and then in the second race turned out as the winner of the race.
Though the Palma bay had a reputation that is very regular and predictable because of its sea breeze, today – again – the beach was very “unlike Palma”. ?? In the second race, the breeze from the sea came into 12kts at the peak. The situation that time was streaky and patchy and there were variation in the pressure of wind from the course one side to the other. This made it difficult for the tacticians. Many shared the explanation that the hot temperatures have warmed up the sea and it is so much in recent time that the air present on warmer water is not taken in with the same intensity as the land heats up. The difference in temperature is being less pronounced.