Yesterday marked the final day of light wind sailing in Marseille, the first day of racing in the Repechage Fleet, and, now, the last day of racing in the Repechage Fleet. After another delay, Zach and I went sailing in a dying Southerly and completed two races. Our finishes of 6-3 allowed us to move up from 5th to 1st in the Repechage Fleet, boats 21st through 40th place. In this new format, the winner of each fleet, excluding Gold Fleet, move up to the next fleet over the next two days, and we are the one of the first to take advantage. For results, click here.
For Zach and me, we couldn’t be happier. The last four months have been tough on the both of us as we dealt with our own struggles: first with my shoulder injury and then, most recently, Zach’s head injury. With only four weeks of sailing to prepare for this event, we had our doubts. Luckily, we held true to our game plan in May and continued improving despite our time away from sailing together.
We begin racing today in the Gold Fleet at 11am. The plan is to sail 4 races and we should have a building offshore breeze all day. Tomorrow is the last day of regular fleet racing with Sunday reserved for the Finals and Petite Finals, both sailed under the stadium racing format.
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