yes, reports would be nice. he is in a highly competitive fleet, with names you'll recognize as 2008 Olympic team members. he'll need all of his experience and training to remain focused. it's gotta be a great regatta. the website is awesome so i assume the same for racing and on-site activities.
let's hope he checks in with stories and pics.
good luck, Ross
Can you imagine being on the line with Tom Slingsby on your weather hip! Actually, I think I'd just let him roll me so I could watch his technique untill he sailed out of sight and then I try to go the same direction hoping to beat some folks. Looks like they are split into 3 fleets right now. Finishing back in the pack is hard to take, but hopefully you can turn those 51's into high 40's before the event is over with. I think this is only the second "real" laser regatta he has sailed in the past year or two and I'm sure there are not too many cream puffs in this crowd! At the very least I'd try to get some face time with top guys or look at their set ups. Hopefully he's doing this and will fill us in.
Just checked the results again. Looks like he may not be sailing. I hope it's not an injury or travel issues. If he did sail the first day I really hope he did not let the finishes get him down to the point of quitting. Let's hope he's still sailing and just soaking it all in.
The 53 in races 3, 4, and 5 sure seem to be some kind of DNS/DNF score. There area lot of them scattered through the fleet (esp. in race 4); maybe the weather was bad and people retired. I'm not sure about the 51 in the first two races; there are higher scores, but I also notice at least one other sailor with a 51 in race 1. That would seem to indicate it's also a "special case" score.
I wish the results would indicate things like DNS, DNF, and DSQ.
For each scored race in the qualifiers, the fleet is split into ~52 boats, so there are actually three races for each scored race - that's the reason why there are mutliple 51'st (and multiple 1,2,3 etc)
It got a little strong in the AM and early PM. I know he was worried about breeze several months ago. He should be ok at 169 lbs as long as he can hike by his toes and extend well. Unless he trained hard in the gym that type of hiking is, well, olympic class when it's needed for extended periods over a long day.
I tried and failed to post the link but if you go to the pdf download on the Kiel site it gives more detail on the results. Ross is scored as 51 on both Race 1 & 2 (Day1?) but DNC races 3 - 6. Lets hope it is nothing serious!