Howie Hamlin skippered the CST 18 foot skiff to an awesome second place finish in the European Championship at Lake Garda last week. Here’s what he had to say:
“We had great sailing in 15 to 20 knots almost everyday with 1,000 foot cliffs and 5,000 foot mountains on the sides of the lake, not to mention the old-world Italian charm of the village of Torbole. I feel fortunate to sail with such talented guys like Matt McKinlay and Scott Babbage. Thanks for all the support.”
Matt McKinlay’s also shared his experience and it seems he had a fantastic time:
“A place to check off your bucket list of places to sail should be Lake Garda, Italy. Fresh water, a predictable breeze, great culture, and 2000-foot peaks surround this nature beauty so graciously carved out by a glacier at the end of the last ice age.
During our ten days of skiff sailing we saw mostly a thermal wind condition that produced a strong southerly flow. This made for very challenging boat handling conditions, but allowed us to decipher the course dynamics. After thirteen thrilling races and two drops we took second place. We continue to develop our Glaser sails with the CST mast, and look forward to our next stop on the circuit, San Francisco Bay, late August.”
CST wishes the guys success at San Francisco Bay and we can’t wait for your next report.