The photos were taken by professional sailing photographer,
Niels Kjeldsen (Brenstrupvej 15, 8200 Århus N, phone 86 10 78 75).
Niels took this photo (plus the one in the Race #1 report) of Uncle Al and Marc on their way out to the Practice Race. As someone who dabbles in photography also, I was most impressed with the way that Niels went about taking his pictures: He was alone in a small inflatable which he positioned just off our bow (about 5 metres!!), got the boat on the right course and speed, stood up, waited for the right moment and snapped this picture. An amazing talent!!
#2: The C.W.A. Trophy (Tuesday 28 July, 20ºC,
sunny): After an on-the-water lunch, we got off at 1330 in about 5
of wind which had continued to veer and was now 170º. The leeward
end was still favoured and Joel Bøgh again port-tacked the fleet
at the pin end where Uncle Al also got off on port about 50 m. to
of Joel while most of the fleet bunched at the RC boat end. With the
showing signs of continued veering, we chose to go right. The idea was
good but we found ourselves going visibly slower than the leaders,
Ian, Anders and Mike Mac who rounded 1-2-3 and finished in that order
some major wind shifts. Stephan Nandrup-Bus and his two young crews, on
the other hand, came out of the right corner in 4th but fell to 21st
the wind backed (inexplicably to your Uncle Al although it may have had
something to do with a mini rain cloud in the area) almost 60º on
the second beat before veering 25º as it died almost completely on
the final beat. Poor Stephan suffered the ultimate indignity when he
to finish within 30 minutes of the first boat and ended up with a DNF!
Gavin Waldron pointed very high in the light stuff and came off the right side in 5th, just ahead of Poul Ammentorp who had his best race of the series, moving up to 4th on the 2nd beat and holding that to the finish. Uncle Al rounded 10th, a couple places ahead of Mogens Just. Two spinnaker legs moved Al up to 9th and he headed right once more as the wind was continuing to veer and was now at about 190º. Further encouraging Al was the fact that the local expert, Mogens, was banging the right corner and we were steadily pulling away from him. But now the boats inside us were getting an obvious advantage (more wind and a back) so we tacked to starboard on a small knock and found to our horror that several boats had passed us by going left. The most notable of these were Joel Bøgh who moved from 19th to 7th by banging the left corner and Martin Collen who went from 22nd to 10th. As boat after boat crossed us we took solace only from the fact that Mogens was so far behind us as to be hard to recognize. Imagine, if you will, our ecstasy as we finally approached the windward mark and saw Mogens romping in on the starboard layline with tons of wind and rounding 6th! While Mogens knocked off Gavin to grab 5th on the final beat, Uncle Al ended up hard pressed to grab 16th (his best finish of the series!) by knocking off three boats on the finish line in dying winds and an adverse current - just minutes before the 30-minute guillotine rule consigned 32 boats to DNFs! In recognition of the fact that people had sailed long and hard to get their positions and should be rewarded, the RC agreed to extend the time to 60 min. for subsequent races and no further problems were encountered.
Martin Collen completed a remarkable come-back to cross in 7th only to drop out shortly after the race. This left Joel Bøgh to add a 7th to his first-race 2nd and sit in series 3rd after day 1 behind Anders (3-2) and Ian (6-1). First-race winners, Neil Harrison, rounded 19th and had recovered to 13th when the race ran out. Søren Jensen and Jesper Friis had a very disheartening first day (adding a 20th to their 19th) as did the Taylor brothers who had to head back in after race 1 before the YELLOW SUB could sink completely. George, Nick and Geoff were all sitting in the high 40's in virtually no wind before the gun put them out of their misery.
1998 Worlds results
Race 1 report
Race 2 report
Race 3 report
Race 4 report
Race 5 report
Race 6 report
Race 7 report
A U.K. View of the 98 Worlds
Uncle Al's 98 Worlds Diary