We had a blustery northeasterly on the final day of regular racing here at World Cup Miami. Three races were sailed in 14-18mph winds just in front of the Rickenbacker Bridge. Racing was interesting with the right side dominating the first race of the day and then the middle left providing more consistent breeze. The high winds and flat water provided ideal racing conditions for the 49er, and our class was chosen to carry the Kattack GPS systems. It will be fun to look back and check out our speeds around the course!
As the top American team, we have qualified for the US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider. Zach and I are incredible excited that we are progressing and meeting our short and long terms goals-this is another step towards a medal in Rio! In addition to earning team honors, our current regatta ranking has earned us additional funding which will go towards more coaching. So far, we have achieved two of our three goals for the event. All that is left is to win the regatta tomorrow!
Tomorrow’s races will feature the stadium style racing similar to what we saw at the 49er North Americans. The winner will be the first two two points, and one point is only awarded to the winner of each race. Since we are the regatta leader, we carry one point going into tomorrow. The goal is to win the first race to end the series.