Buddy Melges Challenge day 1 – Team Maclaren undefeated

Racing in Sheboygan - Buddy Melges Challenge 2011
© Mark Wessel
Buddy Meldges Challenge is being held in Sheboygan, Wisconsin USA during 22nd to 27th August 2011. Team Maclaren reports on the first day of racing.

Anna Tunnicliffe:

Racing started on time this morning and ten flights were sailed at the 2011 Buddy Melges Challenge. We started our regatta well by winning all six races to finish the day with a 6-0 overall record.

Of the 16 teams sailing, all teams got four races in, with some teams getting in up to six races. We started racing as the rain came in which killed the wind and left a nice slop for us to fight upwind. We had a good first race in these conditions. After that, the wind improved. We had good racing all day long. The girls did a great job with managing the waves, keeping the boat going fast and finding the best wind around the course.

Most of our races we won with a couple length lead after managing to extend on second beats. We have a lot of racing left, but we are happy with how we sailed day one. There are nine more races in this first round before the quarterfinal round starts. We have three races scheduled for tomorrow unless the race committee get ahead of schedule and then we will do more. With live tracking continuing tomorrow, you can check it out as well as the results online.

Sail Hard,
Team Maclaren

Buddy Melges Challenge website
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We would very much like to thank our Title Sponsor, Maclaren, our Gold Level Sponsors 11th Hour Racing and Laser Performance, and our Bronze Level Sponsors Carmeuse, Trinity Yachts, and Chicago Match Race Center for their continued support of our campaign for the 2012 Olympic Games. We would also like to thank US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics(USSTAG) and its sponsors for their continued support. Also, thank you to our private donors. Please remember that any and all donations/contributions to our campaign should be made payable directly to either The Sailing Foundation of New York (tax deductible) memo'd Anna Tunnicliffe, or to Anna Tunnicliffe.