A building southerly breeze brought more 6+ foot waves today as we completed two more races in the 49er yellow fleet. The races were sailed on the outer most race circle usually reserved for the Finns. Although there was less chop, the swells were slightly larger as they came barreling in from the Mediterranean.
After the race ending capsizes we experienced yesterday in the windy race 2, we focused intensively on throttling back to keep our boat upright. In the first race, Zach and I had a stellar start, winning the pin end and rounding the top mark in the top 6. A careful set and we were off screaming down the run, although we were trying to sail only at 60-70% of our top speed. Good boat handling and continued diligence to our conservative game plan helped us maintain a single digit position.
In race two, we moved up towards the middle of the line and had a decent start. We are feeling positive and confident about our new upwind boat speed which has helped us maintain or improve mediocre lanes. Another top ten mark rounding found us fighting with some of the world’s best. At the finish, we overlaid our layline and had to douse the kite and reach towards the line-no problem and tactically sound in these conditions!
Overall, Zach and I had an 8-9 to end the day and some great racing. We are incredibly excited about our progress and eager for more opportunities this week to improve and continue our upward climb in ability.
Tomorrow, is the last day of racing and yellow fleet will be the first to race. Conditions look unfavorable with a fading southerly forecasted. Currently we are sitting in 20th overall and qualifying for gold fleet.