it’s been a while since the last blog, but here we are!
I did not write any more posts since I was a bit frustated and wanted to keep up the good spirits. Also, I was very busy with races and certainly did not want to ruin my karma with any premature predictions!
Let’s just go day by day:
Tuesday – Day 2 of the Worlds
We got confirmation that Matt Beckett had indeed broken his foot as a result of the crash. Races started of extremely slow as the wind was very shifty and the race committee wanted the course to be perhaps too perfect. The first protests were also coming in and I did attend the hearings to gain some experience on the matter.
Wednesday – Day 3 and Thursday – Day 4 of the Worlds
The third and fourth day were very similar: there was lots of winds all day and it was freezing cold. The team sailed with 3m and 4m sails; Nico even broke out his 2m sail, altough it was a gamble that did not work out well. At the end of day 4, it was announced that we had to pack all our stuff and bring it to the hotel, since rain was predicted.
Friday – Day 5 of the Worlds
We all gathered for a morning briefing on the parking of the hotel. Fran announced that racing would be cancelled since the risk of rain was too high. Once it starts raining on the playa, the terrain becomes impossible to drive on and can get damaged. All of us understood that this was not a risk worth taking. The racing was over!
For a couple of hours, Lieven and I started packing our bags, dissasembling the sails, weighing all the luggage and so on.
In the evening, we headed to the prizegiving with dinner. It started out with a very thorough thanks to everyone involved, which we would like to repeat once again!
Afterwards, prizes were given. I was the only team member on the podium, but it was on the number one spot! Lieven came in fourth, missing out just 3 points from the podium. Nico obtained the sixth place, even tough he had an excellent last couple of races.
For the team prize, we came in fourth, landing on 4 points from the podium. Two Spanish and one New Zealand team were ahead of us. Congrats to them as well!
It was time to leave Primm, so we drove all the way to Los Angeles. Just 10 minutes away from the playa, we encoutered a road that had been completely snowed down, which is pretty weird knowing that we had temperatures well over 30 °C in that same week.
In the afternoon, we arrived in Venice. We met with Olaf and Karin Buhl, as well as local pilot Bill Price in the popular bar Whaler and had a few drinks. Afterwards, we went to a nearby restaurant for diner.
Sunday – Monday – Tuesday
The last day in the States had arrived, but we wanted to make count. We drove up to Malibu Beach, which is even fancier then Venice. During the two hour drive, we saw a dozen Rolls Royces, some Bentleys, lots of Porsches, Ferraris and I am convinced that I saw a Koenigsegg, even tough I did not get it on camera.
Arriving at the airport, the check-in and the security clearance went very smootly, I guess the authorities do not care as much who leaves their country compared to who comes in. We then flew to London Heathrow for about 10 hours, on the smallest seats ever. Luckily we both caught some sleep. After landing in Heatrow, we had to wait a couple more hours and then hopped onto our flight for Brussels, where we landed on monday around 16:00
Once retrieving our luggage in Brussels however, we were a bit shocked. The tube containing all of our masts had been opened and was in no way closed again. The sails were slightly damaged and we were afraid that multiple axles had fallen out. Just a couple of hours ago I did discover that they had in fact opened the bottom side of the tube, so the axles were just on the other side. Lucky us!
To conclude I would very much like to thank every single volunteer and participant who was involved in making this event as great as it was. Also, I would like to thank the Belgian Blokart Club as well as team members Lieven and Nico for the nice company and coaching!
Some pictures of the last few days:
Hope to see you all soon!
PS: some other great pictures are here.