ORC Pre-Worlds – Day 2

Another 6.45 am breakfast call meant most the team had to miss fitness and yoga but nevertheless the focus on the day ahead was high. With three windward leeward races scheduled and another blue sky morning with 20 degrees plus there could be no complaints!

1X7A1700        1X7A1703

There was no waiting around with the Race Officer deciding to start on time and attempt a race in a gentle 5-7 knots breeze. After tuning up and watching the Division A and B starts (B division were black flagged after a general recall!) Team Pro4u lined up towards the pin end and the first race was underway!

The wind stayed light throughout the race and we managed to keep good boat speed upwind rounding the top mark just ahead of DEN 68 (X37) and maintaining the lead on the water to finish with a bullet.

As we waited for the second race the wind increased to 11-12 knots and started to move right so we had to play catch up after starting on the left hand side of the course. The decision to go right on the second upwind leg paid off and once again we took first place on the water.

After a quick sail change to the G1.2 (15 knots now!) and a boat end start once again we found ourselves leading at the top mark. As Division B were sailing a slightly longer course a number of boats now converged at the boat and we found ourselves buried between an XP-44 and an First 40.7. This allowed our1X7A1704 rivals DEN 68 and DEN 8 (Italia 9.98) to get ahead and we had to settle with 3rd on the water.

Overall a decent day sailing despite the corrected times not quite going our way – we ended up with a 2-3-6. One more day of racing to go now and a number of improvement areas identified (including me being able to blog in Swedish by the end of the season!), but first we have the Regatta dinner!

Alex Cribbin