ILCA North American 2021: Training - Day One

- By Namkhai

First day on the water!

Namkhai sailing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

I'm sure you recognize one of San Francisco's most famous architecture.

We were out around 11:30 A.M., taking a first contact with San Francisco's cold water.

I'm not kidding, I had to put on my hydrophobic lycra AND a windbreaker. And I still had my fingers and face uncovered, which wasn't comfortable at all.

But it was still fun to sail in this wind.

San Francisco's bay has a very strong current. The wind is quite steady, with only some wind bend along the coast. The waves weren't very big, although we had a flood tide, so the current wasn't fighting against the wind. I expect higher waves next week.

Namkhai & Sanka sailing in front of the Golden Gate

There weren't that many Lasers sailing today, about a dozen or so max. They were all from USA, althogh we crossed three boats from Caiman Islands when coming back to shore.

Overall I think it's been a very good first day. We're looking forward to go out tomorrow again, work more on the current...

And get used to the cold!

Namkhai & Sanka in front of San Francisco Sanka in front of Alcatraz

If you don't recognize this building, I give you a clue: The name starts with 'A' and ends with 'Z'. Some of the worst criminals were sent there.

Namkhai & Sanka in front of San Francisco