Dan Ellis Reports from PWA Korea

The first day of racing saw a few heats under way in the fickle winds, plus a some Korean style celebrations.

“The racing kicked off today, as a sea breeze quickly turned on late afternoon and provided the first action here in Korea.

Dan Ellis

It was boiling hot all day and the wind went through every degree on the compass, before finally setting into the good thermal direction.

I got out on my 9.4, as all the other sailors were running laps or tuning up in pairs, and felt pretty fast, which was a relief as we don’t get too many light wind days in Maui.

I then ran though a few practice start sequences to get back into the rhythm, it’s a really tricky place to start as the wind is super gusty and shifts a lot, which can really mess with your run up and timing.

In the end the wind only lasted long enough to run three heats in which all the usual suspects went through, the luckiest of which, by his own account, was Arnon Dagan, who got a massive header on his run up to the start line and ended up being 20 seconds late. Amazingly, he had the speed to claw back to third and pass through. Ross was in heat four and looked pretty disappointed to have the racing stopped, as he was really flying in these conditions. I’m in heat 8 so will have to wait.

At 5 O’clock, we had “the mayors fun race” a non counting race with 5k price money. It was started by the local mayor as a full fleet beach start. By then the wind had virtually disappeared and by the first mark it was hard to tell which direction it was going. Pieter Bijl won this one over taking Ross and Gonzo in a magic gust on the last reach! I was just happy to make it back to the beach!

The mass start for the Mayor's race

Tonight we had the usual razzmatazz of a Korea opening ceremony, with the most cheesy pop stars you can imagine. My favorite of which did a cover of English man in New York by The Police, half in English half in Korean.

Dan’s report from the pre race day is on page two…

  1. jessie

    how can you guys be allowed to race where there are submerged objects that will make you fall?
    seems a little unsafe and scary!

  2. mark

    Thanks Sean :)

  3. mark

    Dan & Sean, which fins/size are you guys on? Im hearing that Z Fins are all in this year. Any F4′s out there? I think the F4 and Z Fins are the same C3 D2 mould from a few years back!

    1. Sean O'Brien

      Z’s are quite a different foil to the F4 fins. The F4 guys are using the D moulds from Boogie (C3) and from memory they have a bit of scallop in the trailing edge? The Z’s don’t; also the Z’s have a much more swept back leading edge… but it’s all in the LAYUP anyhow!

      Not aware of anyone on F4′s at this event, but definitely there is a staggering number of guys on Z fins this season, who weren’t last year – me included!

  4. amy.carter

    Thanks for your expert opinion Mr O’Brien!

  5. Sean O'Brien

    All I can safely say is… G10 is dead!!

  6. Dan Ellis

    Hey Connor,

    I’m still looking into this, some of the guy’s are a bit secretive about what they’re using, but I’m going to get the full low down before the week is out……

    Cheers

    Dan

  7. amy.carter

    Hey Connor, will make sure Dan lets us know in his next report…

  8. connor Bainbridge

    Hey Dan
    Just wondering what fins people are using at the moment and what is looking fast?
    connor

  9. matt skinner

    Great to see you back on tour Dan, We too are hoping you make that podium!

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