Formula Windsurfing World Championship 2011 day 2.
US Windsurfing National Champion Steve Bodner:
Today had its series of ups and downs.
The first race saw a big rain squall move through and kill the wind leaving me in the cheap seats with my 9.5 as the wind died down to 12k.
The second race I recovered well getting my best finish of 20th with my 10.9. I started well in the mid line sag just ahead of the pack getting a jump on the fleet.
I sailed right out to the lay line and rounded in the pack but still feeling a bit slow downwind as I'm probably giving up some in the double chicken strap but the 10.7 was pulling well so I went with it. Three windward /leeward laps later I had some good legs keeping my position with Micah and Schurman in the top 20. The biggest gains came from rounding the leeward mark by hurrying up and slowing down. By getting a good rounding and getting a lane to windward, I was able to climb and gain significantly.
Race three had an hour break giving us time to recover but it was all too much as I went from good to bad. I made the worst mistake I have ever made trying to cross a starboard tacker and failing miserably. I put a huge hole in mine and his board. I immediately retired from the race and tried to find POL 10 a board to use for the next race. I've never felt so bad racing boards knowing I was at fault but in the end that's all part of racing. We all make mistakes but it is how you recover that determines the winners. I made a decent effort to race the last race on a borrowed board but my performance just wasn't there.
After racing I had a major repair to do and ended the night exhausted after adding filler and epoxy to the big gaping hole in the side of my board.
Tomorrow is another day so I'll give it my all and go for it all trying to break into the top 25 for the regatta.
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