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Day One, 8 March 2010 - Who Will Get The Jump?

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Attached is Predict Wind's forecast map for Start Time for the single race tomorrow - 1500 hours. This has been about when the light thermal kicks up a bit to go from marginal to mostly foiling conditions, and if the haze stays down a bit like it did today and the ground heats up enough, it could get up to 10 knots or so. That would make Bora, Dalton, Bear and the rest of the US Air Force happy though - they have not put in the time lowriding that they have foiling, and 5 knot breeze might hurt them, especially compared to some of the real lightweights, and a low-riding regatta would make most predictions on who's going to win pretty useless.

 

be sure to check out the Special Report site for an easy-to-reference spot to find the highlights of our coverage, and thanks for tuning in.

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Marginal conditions will hopefully give the boys who have been practising in these local conditions the jump, fingers crossed for the Dubai sailors

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You have probably seen these photos in the other thread, but Mer's lfun slideshows are always a hoot.

 

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OTWA

 

DubaiDaze

 

 

 

 

Diverseinformation, well-intentioned advice, and outright misinformation wereceived during the weeks leading up to our Dubai trip to cover thePuma Moth World Champs made ithard to know what to expect from this desert city. We heard theemirate called "a third world country with lots of shiny bits",a "desert oasis with amazing opulence", an entrepreneur'sparadise, and much more. We were told to keep Mer covered up and outof her uniform; shorts and tank tops, that the border was one of thestrictest in the world, that there was no drinking at all, and thatpartying was restricted to tourists, who were routinely searched andjailed for having poppy seeds or a tiny crumb of marijuana in theirbags. A travel agent told us that we'd be crazy to rent a car insuch a dangerous place and that driving here was "not for thefaint of heart." We heard of dust, heat, sand coveringeverything, endless traffic and construction, women covered head totoe and unable to speak to foreigners, and that the prices foreverything were beyond obscene. And of course we heard of the mallsand Free Trade Zones that covered thousands of acres, sporting indoordriving ranges, indoor ski mountains, and food courts where you couldeat food from a hundred countries. In short, we expected something ofa rough ride as our crew of six got set to bring you comprehensivecoverage of the most important regatta there is for one of the mostexciting and chill classes in the world. And given the difficultieswe dealt with in Valencia, truly a third-world city at times, we werea bit nervous to deal with it all over again. My heart can only takeso much stress.

 

 

 

 

Andthen we arrived. And like most exotic places, we found theconventional wisdom wrong. Our hotel is reasonably priced andstaffed by some of the nicest people you could want to meet. Werented a big, pimped out car for a song, and everywhere we've gone,we've met helpful and friendly people anxious to show how hospitablethey are, and to share tips and history about their country. Inspite of an economy in shambles and a building boom in limbo, inspite of huge differences in religion, race, dress, language - orperhaps because of it, the locals are proud, and it makes you want toknow more about them and their country.

 

 

 

 

We'veseen hot chicks in surprising quantities, drunk ourselves stupid onceor twice, and even found sort of/kind of high speed internet, thoughdealing with the government-owned mobile phone monopoly was the kindof nightmare that we were worried about and isn't a particularlypleasant experience. Filling the gas tank of our Ford Flex is theopposite, though - quite pleasant indeed. The price of gasolinemakes you want to leave the car running all the time. An interestingfactoid: The UAE Dirham is pegged to the Dollar, with each US buckbeing worth 3.7 of the Emirati version. That is about exactly howmany liters of gasoline make a gallon, which makes knowing the priceof fuel quite simple, and astonishing. It's less than a dollar fiftya gallon.

 

 

 

 

TheDubai Offshore Sailing Club, the host of the Worlds, is a jewel ofthe waterfront, with a laid-back attitude, seriously good food, and amembership that totally support Sailing Anarchy, with an army ofvolunteers pulling out all the stops to make sure this event - andour coverage of it - is awesome. It's almost relaxing, despite ourusual 8 AM to 5 AM workdays, and a hell of a long way from Alinghiand ACM's approach to media relations. Refreshing, really.

 

 

 

 

ToFoil Or Not To Foil

 

 

 

 

TheWorlds itself is shaping up to be a supremely interesting battle ofwits, weather, and worldliness. With a forecast that is fairlytypical - light to moderate breeze, generally flat water, and thelikelihood of at least a few low-riding (off the foils) races, we seefour main contenders to take the title in the world's most spotlitsinglehander:

 

 

 

 

SimonPayne: Looking to regain thetitle he won in 2006, Si Payne is perhaps the most dogged competitorin the fleet. Aggressive as hell and never giving up, his bum kneeand slightly lagging boathandling will hurt him if we get some racesin the teens. Then again, promptly after tearing up a recurring bumknee last year in Cascade Locks, he went on to win the next race by ahuge margin. Mentally as tough as they get.

 

 

 

 

ChrisGraham: Small, softspoken, andas good a guy as you could want to meet, this local went out andsailed a calm Nationals to a victory in conditions from 4 knots to20. Along with Glenn Raphael, Chris was responsible for bringingPuma to the dance, as well as helping cheerlead the local fleet toits current 15-strong numbers. Chris knows the water and has thesize and boatspeed to do the deed in the light stuff here, but has toconquer his own reluctance to believe he can actually win it if he isgoing to actually win it.

 

 

 

 

Andrew"Amac" McDougall: Youall know him by now - the 'elder statesman' of the fleet who isfitter than half the 20 somethings - Amac is the father of the moth'srebirth and its ascent to its prestigious position on the worldstage. Amac designed the Bladerider, the Mach2, the sails sported by much of the fleet, and the foils on mostof them. And he's fast - blisteringly so, as long as he is on thefoils. But he falls off during tacks, something he cannot afford todo in this fleet of flyers. Fresh off total domination and a stringof bullets at the recent Australian nationals, he's got what it takesin the medium and heavy air, but that boathandling and older bonesthan the rest of the fleet may bite him in the proverbial arse.

 

 

 

 

BoraGulari: If you know Amac, youprobably feel like Bora is a member of the family. A regular onthese pages as the Turk behind the US Air Force's flying power andthe current World Champion, Gulari showed downwind wheels during the'09 Worlds that nobody could come close to, and he's been trainingalmost non-stop ever since. But there's a wrinkle: Neither Bora northe rest of the US contingent has spent much time training insub-foiling conditions at all, because, as he puts it, "the Mothis what it is today because it foils," and that's what Gularidoes best. But many forget that Bora is one of the truly giftedlight-air sailors and finders of private puffs in other fleets heraces in as tactician or driver, the same skills that he'll need ifhe's to hold off the lighter sailors above before the afternoon seabreeze starts fanning the desert dust.

 

 

 

 

SeeIt, Smell It, Taste It

 

 

 

 

Thanksto the vision of Puma, PumaOcean Racing and CSTComposites, we'll be coming to you fully live from the coursestarting with the first race tomorrow at 1500 local/1100 GMT/0600 ESTwith video, photos, and text commentary from the one race of the day. You can follow along on the PumaMoth Worlds Anarchy Special Report Site, keeptabs of all the developments in the forums, and chat live to ourcoverage team which now includes the excellent JohnCasey, the pro cat racer who proved his SA mettle and humorouscolor commentating abilities during the harrowing conditions during10 days of Valencia shitfight just last month.

 

 

 

 

Catchup on all the action and the gorgeous imagery from Meredith Blockfrom the past few days from the Pre-World UAE Nationals, theMarineTech Slalom for cash, and practice, prep, and a Cocktail Hourwith some of the above rockets on the RunupThread here. And if you're in the market for a carbon dinghyspar, be sure to watch the Day 1 Thread for the CSTComposites 'Keyword Of The Day," which will get you a 15%discount off any dinghy spar that they make.

 

 

 

 

Andget ready for flight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Breeze is 8-10, a lovely day here in Dubai, and we have the desertdingo as a driver!

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Breeze is 8-10, a lovely day here in Dubai, and we have the desertdingo as a driver!

 

Sure you two will get on like a house on fire B)

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Second time around at the leeward mark!

 

Amac still in the lead! A BIG ONE!

 

Then Brad funk

Chris Graham

Dalton Bergan

Michael Lennan

Adam May

Scott Babbage

Tomas from Slovenia

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looks like a pretty nice day for racing. I look forward to some cool videos and photos guys.

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Brad Funk chats about how much his wife would kick ass at this regatta and much more. Not quite, but it's good.

 

 

 

Chris Graham is probably the mellowest and nicest guy here.

 

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Boss Hogg (a/k/a AMAC).

 

This is a great interview.

 

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RACE ONE PHOTOS-more tomorrow...sorry internet VERY slow and I need to get a few hours of sleep. I'm loading the slideshow-hopefully it will be loaded when I get up.

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PUMA MOTH WORLDS - DAY ONE - SLIDESHOW

 

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RACE ONE PHOTOS-more tomorrow...sorry internet VERY slow and I need to get a few hours of sleep. I'm loading the slideshow-hopefully it will be loaded when I get up.

 

Great photos.

 

When you see the guys with that funky local boat next, please tell them that they need a boom and a vang to get that baby foiling.

 

Looks like they're all set in the sidestay and bowsprit departments though.

 

From the meeting at the mast, I guess the fruit punch has been served!

 

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