Bruce in Australia is one of the 537 people who may be going to Hyères and suggested I post a checklist for the Worlds. Here's a checklist of things to remember:
- Resist mentioning travel plans to strangers on Facebook.
- Notify credit card companies on dates and countries.
- Get local medical references in advance (for me, vision).
- Turn off cell phone roaming unless you plan to pay for it.
- Replace the universal joint on your extension tiller.
- Consider taking your own hiking strap, supplied ones can be rough (see comment below, this may have changed).
- Take along a universal power adapter.
- Backup your computer.
- Buy Jet Ease that is available at most airports.
- Some airlines are not permitting tillers as carry-on luggage.
- Take a trash bag for wet clothes on the way back.
- Tillers hit the traveler cleat of some European Lasers - use a strip of Teflon to lift it.
- Consider buying a rolled sail in France to save shipping hassles.
You can change deck fittings but must replace them after the competition(see comment below - I don't do this but others routinely have changed fittings).
- Miscellaneous items: compass, gloves, wind indicator, telltales, sponge, duck tape, electrical tape, ratchet block, hat, sun block, lip protector, spare glasses.
Conditions to expect courtesy of Brett Beyer who has been to Hyères many times
- Our Masters is late season and Hyères always seems to be very influenced by the weather systems at the time.
- Any Northerly gradient wind can intensify into the well known “Mistral” wind which is why this place is favored by sailboarders and kitesurfers. Those winds are quite cool, flatter water, land affected, strong and shifty.
- The other wind is an onshore E/SE with big rolling waves if its fresh or at least, always choppy even if not fresh winds.
- I am expecting a variety of wind and chop conditions.
- Some people have said it may be lighter winds during that time of year, but I’m not convinced.