We had a long day yesterday waiting for wind to fill with an off shore breeze. By 7pm, three races in both qualification fleets were completed. Zach and I posted a 12-5-31 which put us 26th going into today. Unfortunately, the 31 was a result of a persistent lefty that took us totally off guard. Having watched the blue fleet race an hour earlier, we determined that there would be several shifts in the beat and not a one sided race track. After port tacking the start near the middle-boat end, we thought we were set up well for the race. However, the lefty persisted for two legs which made the run so skewed that we didn’t gybe. Regardless, we were stoked about our current standing and ready for some intense racing in gold fleet today.
And, gold fleet did not disappoint. Racing began at 2pm with a solid 12-15 knot southwesterly which kicked up a three foot swell and a short chop-made worse by a lot of coach and media powerboats. Zach and I sailed three races and improved throughout the day. It’s been a while since we have had such tight racing, a bit reminiscent from our A-division days in college-compounded by a fast and skittish boat!
With a 26-20-15, Zach and I are still sitting in 26th place. Tomorrow is the last day of regular racing and we are hoping to make a final jump into the top 20. We are going to have to clean up our small boat speed issues and be a bit more disciplined in our tactics to make that happen. Time to go all out for the final day!