Breeze on was supposed to be the forecast, but arriving to the boat park it was barely white capping. The sun was out and it truly was a beautiful day to be out sailing. Puts a smile on your face when the weather is nice.
Lets get right into it.
Two races scheduled for today and our start time was at 2. Felt nice to sleep in a bit, especially after 9 hours on the water yesterday.
Race 1….Yikes. I started at the boat, but wasn’t punched. Falling into the guy to leeward, I was trying to tack out, but was pinned by a guy to weather. Guess they really wanted to get left, but we had to tack and salvage whatever was left of the race instead of just taking the sterns of every other boat. Finally was able to tack, and race left. Just couldn’t get over there enough to break into the top pack. Rounding in 20something, I started to test the legality of my downwind movements. Borderline aggressive, but I was desperate. Passed a few boats, but had to settle with a 18th. Not very excited with this score at all considering I was in shot of making the medal race, I knew that I had to have a great race in the next one, to make a run for the medal race.
Race 2. I started at the boat. Great start, Plan was to go right, so I led the charge right. Everyone was on my hip, but I was making moves forward, starting to punch out and looking good. With a pretty consistent right shift heading out right, I figured lets not get greedy and consolidate. Flopped over and was looking awesome!!! Winning the race by a mile. Finally something was working when I needed it too.
DARN. Spoke too soon. Now the left side got its turn of luck. Lefty came in, so I lead back right, and had to settle with a 10th at the windward. Passing a few on the run, I was top 10, but thought that I needed a better result to make the medal race. I HAD TO DO SOMETHING RISKY. So I sent it right, hiking my as off and hoping for the best. The wind was already in a left phase, so I expected it to come back right, and that would be my ticket. It didn’t!! Rounding in the high teens, I made no gains on the run and finished disappointed. Pissed with myself, I tried to just shake it off and find something to bring my spirits up.
Last thing I wanted to do was go and look at the scoreboard and see how far I dropped back… Charlie mentioned to me that there were some black flags in the race, so I should keep my head up. Arriving at the scoreboard, it listed me as 10th. Just good enough to make it in the medal race. I guess I caught a break today, but still wasn’t happy with my sailing. But this is all just preliminary results. There could be protest pending, so we will have to wait and see the results in the morning.