It is Tuesday morning and today is the first day of the 2009 TP52 World Championships. On the agenda for the day is the official practice race and finalising of all measurements.

Yesterday the team went out in full race mode and after a couple of practice legs we (on the RIB) in cooperation with the Quantum support RIB laid a course and almost all 10 boats joined in for the practice races. Very interesting to see all the different teams lining up next to each other and try different things. In short a practice race consists of 3 starts and after the last one there is a windward-leeward and a couple of tacks after rounding the leeward gate. The results don’t count but Henri Lloyd – Weapon of Choice was able to mix it up with the rest of the teams.

Today will be like a real race day (but with a couple of extra jobs to do before the boat is allowed to race from Wednesday till Sunday). Visit the official website for some good shots of the boat and the racing and I expect them to do a blog once the RC is out there:

Here are a couple more shots from me:

And this one is on the official website frontpage (There are some pretty places in Palma):

(credit: Nico Martinez / 2009 TP52 World Championship)