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Audi Meldges 32 Europe Series
Event 2 Porto Ercole, Italy.

HH Inga From Sweden – Training Day Two.

Training day two has been very light, we were only able to get out on the water for an hour and a half in the afternoon. It was a short but very good session for the HH Inga Crew.

The weather forecast for the weekend looks as though it is going to be very light winds on Friday. There are slightly better winds forecast for the Saturday. Our focus will be on the light airs tuning and finesse, for this regatta.

Heading into our first day of racing tomorrow. The team lead by Swedish Helmsman Richard Goransson, is made up by a very international flavor with Olympian & America’s Cup Veteran Hamish Pepper (NZL) calling the shots as Tactition, one design guru, Daren Jones (AUS) trimming the main. In the midldle of the boat trimming we have Italian Ceaser Bozzetti (ITA) upwind & Richard Mason (NZL/SWE) downwind. In the pit we have Irish sailor Sussie Mitton. On the mast we have Goose de Boer from Holland, and finally the guy who always finishes before everyone else on the boat, Carpenello Marco from Italy on bow.

We are looking forward to some very tough racing tomorrow. With 21 boats on the start line there should some great stories for tomorrow.

To follow the racing and the results go to: www.audisailingseries.com

Richard Mason
Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden

4 Comments

  1. Author
    Peter Gustafsson May 10, 2013 Reply

    Race Day One.

    Well it is certainly very difficult to talk about the performance of our team today. The day started with the news of the Tragic Loss of Andrew Simpson, from the Artemis America’s Cup Team. Andrew is a very close friend of some of our crew, and an extremely highly respected sailor. The crew of Helly Hansen Inga from Sweden, send their condolences and most heart felt best wishes to Andrews family and team mates at this very difficult time.

    Our day on the water was not the best ever, contesting light airs, a very up to speed and aggressive European fleet, we did not fair to well. Tomorrow is a new day. The measure of the team is always how you can come back form a day like today!

    Richard Mason

  2. Anders Dahlsjö May 12, 2013 Reply

    Det gick ju bättre sedan, ser lovande ut. En liten utvärdering kanske?
    Bra jobbat!

    • Author
      Peter Gustafsson May 12, 2013 Reply

      Normalt brukar det ju komma fler pressreleaser när det går bra :-) För Mason är det tvärt om?

      Man avslutade i alla fall med 3-5-3-2. Snyggt!

  3. Author
    Peter Gustafsson May 14, 2013 Reply

    Summing Up the weekend in Porto Ercole.

    The HH Inga Racing Team got off to a weak start in the very light winds on Friday. From then on we started picking up pace. We discovered a problem with our mast ram that meant we were losing rig tension during racing on Saturday. At night the team lifted the mast and replaced the damaged ram. By Sunday after some really good starts we were able to sail to our targets again, (which we know are good). After a frustrating first two days we found our speed, and on the final day scored a 5th, a 3rd and a 2nd. Matching Bombarda for best score of the day.

    Looking forward we must focus on sailing in light conditions. We haven’t had much opportunity to do this in the past but sailing in the Mediterranean should present plenty of this.

    We also have to look at our strategies for fighting our way from the middle of the fleet. With the bigger fleet in Europe we will have plenty of opportunities to do that too.

    All in all our feeling is very positive after the event. We know we are quick and crew work is amongst the best in the fleet. We just need to get more consistent.

    Many thanks to Porto Ercole, CNVA, Audi and Melges 32 for a great event in a beautiful location.

    Richard Goransson

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