Saturday, January 15, 2011
Jan. 15th - NA's Day 2
We had another three races today in fairly light breeze from the NE. The men had the first start of the day and they got off cleanly. Then the Race Committee spent awhile shortening the line for us (there are fewer womens boats then mens). The first start we had a nice spot by the committee boat but had to push forward when someone stuck their bow in below us. We ended up taking the entire fleet over the line early. This started a theme of general recalls as the Race Committee struggled to set a square line. The men had finished their race before we finally got our first race started! All three races today were very similar. We had okay but not brilliant starts; we had good speed and point upwind but struggled to capitalize on the shifts while remaining in clean air. We had decent mark roundings and made some big improvements on our downwind speed; our communication about pressure and shifts improves with each race. The fleet is quite small and gets smaller as the day progresses - everyone is using the event as practice for Miami OCR's but several teams are nursing injuries and have been going in early. Tomorrow is the third and last day of racing for North Americans and the forecast looks very similar with winds from the NE between 5-8 knots. Results here.