9. Val Navtika Cup

21050830_ValovaPokalThird training and regatta for NASA Racing Team in this season (history).

We have started preparation for regatta with boat maintenance on Thursday by underwater cleaning of the hull and upgrading the instruments. You can really feel the difference on the helm, when the hull is clean.
Next day on Friday 28th, the whole team gathered for a few more maintenance and preparation tasks, including some hard work on the mast, followed by intensive sail training with Dušan Puh in the afternoon.

On Saturday, we headed to Izola for the first start of the Val Navtika Cup. Comitee decided to postpone the start procedure until local wind builds up a bit. We were waiting more than an hour under the hot sun, observing the magnificent Veliki Viharnik, a VOR60 sailboat that was standing out from the others with its size.
When the wind reached 6-7 knots, the technical regatta started. Good starts and sailing manoeuvres got us on the first place in our class for Saturday. Good food and drink in a good company completed the day one of Val Nautica Cup.

The navigation part next day was similar. Zero wind at the start line meant that we will wait again under the hot sun. Fortunately, friendly organizers provided some ice-cream refreshment for the crew. Very nice!

21050830_ZahodThe starting procedure was two hours later and we headed towards oceanographic buoy Vida. Good upwind sailing to the buoy was followed by nice downwind with spinnaker back to Izola and then towards Koper. The course was obviously shortened because the next buoy was closer to Izola than expected and after the turn, we got back into the finish line in no time.

First place in the class of cruising boats and eleventh overall is one more great result for NASA racing team. Congratulations to all!

More picture are available on Nasa fb

Well winds!

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