December 21st heralded the winter solstice, deemed the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere when the sun declines most towards the south. It also marks a period when the weather is unsettling but it was fine for the race course marked for the Golden Globe race fleet.
On December 19th Uku Randmaa, third placed, covered the Cape Horn bend; the Estonian, 55 years of age, has been here before when he was circumnavigating in 2011 but it was a sighting that was emotional for him. He texted that he saw the horn and was thankful to the gods for such a sighting and for the good tidings he hopes it brings to his vessel. He also thanked St Mawes for the fruitcake that was presented to each skipper to the Horn by the St Mawes Sailing Club at Cornwall.
There is much to expect at the World Sailing Championships in Denmark, from celebrity sailors to Olympic qualifying events. For instance, Jena Mai Hansen, who is a bronze medalist of the 49erFX category from Rio Olympics 2016, states that it is a dream that has come true to be able to participate in this event. She states that Denmark has been preparing for this event for a long time and it’s a city of the sailors. The event makes it ideal as it showcases the sailing spirit and enthusiasm in the community here.
This is where future meets with the past since illustrious winners of the Olympics and other veteran sailors participate while youngsters and upcoming talents also vie here for a place for themselves. This is evident in the scene here in Aarhus. Olympic champions from Rio who are missing from this event are Blair Tuke and Peter Burling of New Zealand, part of the 49er crew and Giles Scott of Great Britain along with Sime Fantela of Croatia. The rest is present to chase victories and positions on the podium; there would be rising stars as well as others who would want to get their countries qualified and win a national spot in the Olympics.