Monday, September 15, 2008

31: North Americans

Sunday: We made it out for a little warm up sail in light air.

Monday: Two races today. Race 1 we spent too much time tacking in the middle when the wind was out on the sides. Starting off with a 16. Race 2 was not much better but we got a sweet heading puff on the last run and passed about 20 boats to finish in 12. Not a good start to the regatta.

Tuesday: No wind.

Wednesday. The RC decided to beat the hell out of us and run seven races in 15 to 20 knots. We had good speed in the beginning of the day and got a 2-8-5. In the fourth race we were winning on the last run and pitch poled to finish 19th. The next two races we were in a bit of a funk and not sailing fast. We had a 15-18. We got it back together and won the last race of the day.

Thursday: Five more races in heavy air with some puffs at 25 knots. We were fast. Our starts were bad but the right was favored so tacking out after the start didn't hurt. It was basically the same pattern all day. We had a 5-7-5-1-3. Finally a good day.
We briefly moved into second but the Guatemalans got redress for a race where they crashed and we were in third. Evidently the Guatemalan crew, Cristina, got her trapeze wire wrapped around the leeward shroud of a windward boat at the start of race 13. She got twisted around and as the boats separated she went up to the top of the mast. The boats flipped and somehow she got free.

Friday: One race started in just over five but ended in a complete drifter. We were deep at the last windward mark but got the last puff on he final run and finished 10. We finished third overall.

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