Can there ever be too much wind for a regatta?
The obvious answer is yes, but perhaps the real question is “when is too much, too much?” Taking a leaf out of the 35th America’s Cup rulebook where a top wind limit for racing was set of 24 knots, at the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek Skipper’s Briefing Race Officer Simon James announced if winds averaged over 22 knots at start time, racing would be postponed. An understandable call when the Phuket Raceweek fleet ranges from TP52s to 20-foot Corsair Pulse 600 trailerable trimarans.
As the Race Management team left the beach this morning, 28 knot gusts were recorded and the AP was raised onshore. It wasn’t too long, however, until the wind calmed to a steady 16-18 knots, and at the same time the sun came out – a sure sign of an excellent day of racing ahead. The international media had their cameras at the ready.