A bumpy start had the analysers and debriefers working at full tilt after the first day’s racing for Britain’s new entry to the Audi MedCup, Niklas Zennström’s Rán, posted a sixth and a fourth in tricky conditions.
Both Zennström and his chief lieutenant, Tim Powell, who also trims the mainsheet, agreed that mistakes had been costly.
'We went from a bad start to end up making life very difficult in the first race,' said Powell. 'It was also expensive in that we ripped a spinnaker and we have a limited number for the season under the rules.
'The second race was a lot better,' he said, 'but we were still not firing on all cylinders. We just need to calm it down a little, the anxiety factor was a bit high. We know how to sail the boat, so we just need to take a step back for some calm assessment.'
A gusty, 16 to 18-knot north-westerly and a showery track provided a challenging start for the seven boats racing - Britain’s absent Tony Langley is expected to do only three of the five regattas – and six of those seven are new boats, most racing in anger for the first time.
Although the performance gaps were expected to be small, though with some giving slight emphasis to breezy conditions, some light, there were plenty of opportunities for big gaps to be created. Going fast in the wrong direction is always ugly and boat handling errors are both painful and costly.
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