A system of fresh breeze mixed things up here in Santander. Winds over 25 knots gave the 49er fleets plenty of tough racing. Only 2 races were scheduled for us today, and once again the results were bittersweet. Race 1 we went from a top 10 position to not even finishing the race due to spinnaker problems. We bounced back in our second race with a respectable keeper.
Qualification is now over and we have been placed in silver fleet. We missed out on gold fleet by 25 points, and looking back we can easily count those points on small mistakes.
We can't look back and shoulda woulda coulda! Don't get us wrong, we're happy to be in silver. We set our goals to be here, and sitting 41/80 is a big improvement from last year. Focused on our next 3 days in silver fleet. ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday the winds were too light and our fleet didn't race.
Today we finished 3 races in a shifty and gusty offshore wind. We were consistently in a keeper position, but the third (final) lap of every race was our downfall. In the third race we watched ourselves get dropped from 5th to 16th heading into the finish. Tough racing, we can start the job but we need to finish it!!
The progress is encouraging, but the results are a bit bittersweet. Lots of racing left!
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. This is our first ISAF Worlds, and they only occur once per Olympic quadrennial cycle. There are 1400 sailors from 95 countries competing in 10 Olympic classes, it's a cool experience to be a part of it all. So far 6 of the 10 Olympic classes have already started racing and tomorrow we finally get our chance.
We're keen to see how far our training has brought us and will keep you posted! ... See MoreSee Less