On the first waypoint
The SeascapeChallenge 2018 started off just as promised. 37 teams gathered in front of the tiny Croatian village of Jezera. You could not wish for a better weather. Summer temperatures, a bit of Bora and flat water. First to start was the Seascape18 fleet, just past 9 AM all 26 small boats with great people aboard passed the starting line in reaching mode. Almost immediately the gennakers went up, and in no time they were planning away from Murter. Five minutes behind four 24s and seven 27s followed. As traditionally they were a bit more conservative with the big sails but quickly caught on. First splits of the fleet happened at the island just a few minutes after the start. And then another after the corner of Murter when three 18s went for a different jibe. None of these tactical decisions made a significant impact (yet), so the whole fleet is still compacted. We will see how all the rest plays out later.
We are currently missing two teams on the tracker. Jade yachting is leading the whole fleet and sailing as it had an Olympic sailor aboard (oh, right there is one). The other Flying Mozart which is playing his tune somewhere in the middle of the pack. We are just entering Kornati national park, but sailors should not be deceived by the beautiful nature that surrounds them. The winds are tricky around all the numerous small islands, but on the other hand, if you play your cards, you can make big gains and leave the rest behind.
Photos by Uroš Kekuš and Ana Šutej