by Rob Burn
Day 3 of the qualifying series, two races then the Lay day and the division of the Fleets into Gold, Silver and Bronze.
No wind until just before the 420 Fleet launched, the wind came in with a blast and our boys scrambled to change to heavier wind settings.
Never good to start with a negative, but disappointing bad things happened in the boat park, a sailor was caught red handed by a parent under the covers of a nearby boat apparently attempting to cut a jib sheet. The parent only just stopped him from closing the cutters on the rope. This was dealt with but there have been other incidences plus lifejackets etc going missing as well, we are all on the alert.
The truly odd is the Carabinieri, the Police, stationed at the club to 'protect' the Israeli National Team. Just before launch a new Halyard was needed from the Chandlery up the road, lights flashing, sirens etc, Danny, the Team leader, there in record time via the squad car and back to replace, rig up and launch ...only in Italy!
Taylor and Oscar had a good day. They started in Yellow flight today, should have been first start but wasn't. Around 16 knots of breeze with similar sea state to yesterday. They started well, see-sawed between fourth and further up, finally finishing in seventh. A good solid start.
The wind built a little more for the second race, I was recording gusts of 20 knots but it was probably more on the race track. One General Recall on the P flag, then out came the Black flag. The lads had another good, safe start and were fifth around the Top mark. They held their position though out the race but the Finish was really tight. I wasn't sure if they were third or sixth. The boys lodged an unsuccessful protest against a USA boat for the finish pile up but no matter, the boys were scored fifth.
Some of you train spotters have already seen the results on the official website so you will know the boys are now lying seventh overall, one place ahead of the famous and very successful Charles brothers of Spain. They are well inside the Gold Fleet and the points are really tight for Third Place, First seems sewn up by the French, and Second is a challenge, but there are 6 races to go ...half the regatta. The boys have been very consistent and just need to keep focus for the rest of the time.
Day off tomorrow, A climb to a little Chapel high above the town is planned with the Brits, then some windsurfing when the wind comes in. Me, I'll sleep and read...
We hope you are all getting some sleep now after the Olympics, and sorry, only one photo until I can get on the water...
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