Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 day two update from CampbellSailing.com.
We had two tough races here today in Weymouth. The breeze built from an initial 12-15 knots to well into the high teens and near 20 knots. Leandro’s picture (above) of us downwind today shows just how windy it was. The race committee struggled to get the Finns off the starting line ahead of us and our fleet was forced to wait through a general recall in the first race and then three before the second race. Luckily it gave us a little extra time to sort out our upwind tuning which was a bit out of whack in the first race. We were going fine, if not great off the wind, but upwind we were dogging it.
Unfortunately we were on the wrong side of the first beat in the last race, but our better mode helped us pass about 15 boats through the course of the race to finish the day with a 15th. Hopefully we’ll be able to throw out the first race today, but we’ve certainly dug ourselves a bit of a hole to get out of. We’ve been in tough spots like this before and come out alright, so we’ll have to keep our noses to the grindstone and quite literally take it one race at a time.
The forecast is for more breeze tomorrow, so hopefully we can go out and get a couple off without the committee sending us home early like they did today. Even though it was nearly 4pm when they flew AP over H indicating we should head for the harbor, we were certainly within our range and ready for a third race. The current had switched to the ebb and its upwind run was causing the seastate to pick up nicely. It would have been a pretty fun race to be sure.
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