Sunday, October 18, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
So needless to say we did not race, and so finished up the regatta in last. It was really dissapointing not being able to sail, especially since it wasn't as windy as it had been predicted. We did go on the water and watch the racing, and it was nice to be able to watch the boats at the front of the fleet and see how much harder they worked the boat.
So nqr's is over, now back to training!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
We had three more races during which we managed to get off the starting line and keep the boat upright. The breeze was up and down, so we struggled a bit with changing gears and getting our boat speed up. We did managed to make some good tactical decisions both upwind and downwind and were in 4th for quite a bit of the last two races.
It was a long day on the water and everyone is pretty exhausted. Although we didn't finish two races, we didn't damage any of our equipment or ourselves during our capsizes, and managed to come back and sail some good races. The forecast for tomorrow is 20 knots from 7am to 7pm so hopefully we survive that as well!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Other than missing our start it was a pretty good race. We managed to focus on our speed and made some excellent tactical decisions which allowed us to gain on the boats around us. Hopefully we will have more wind tomorrow. Results are at http://www.nqr2009.ca/.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
In the first race we had a poor start and did not tack out early enough, so were behind most of the fleet. We managed to catch up a bit on the downwind by sailing into the current before gybing, and crossed the line second last. This ended up being a 5th as one of the boats had to retire due to equipment issues. The second race had an okay start and got out to the right where there was more pressure, but the wind had lightened quite a bit and we couldn't get the boat up to speed, and ended up last. We tuned up with the other girls after this race and made some adjustments which helped with our speed. In the third race we were over early but so was half the fleet. We ducked the line and then got out to the right and were with the rest of the fleet. Downwind we had good speed but had failed to locate the next mark, so ended up missing a chance to gain on the boats ahead of us. We rounded in 5th but sailed left too far and lost a boat on the upwind. We closed the distance downwind but did not manage to catch them before the finish.
Overall it was a good day. We are fast in a straight line but have major issues going around marks, especially when the laser fleet is rounding the mark at the same time!
Three more days of racing. Hopefully it warms up a bit. Results at http://www.nqr2009.ca/.