TP 52-Med Cup Update, Portimao
We could not have had a much worse day today. An 8th and a last dropped us to 6th overall.
The wind was light all day. We did not get off the line well in either race. In the first one, we made a nice come back to round the last windward mark 6th but we lost two boats on the final run.
In the second race, with a line of clouds coming from the right, and the forecast calling for the wind to go right, we invested hard in the right and rounded the first windward mark third from last. We went slow down that first run and to the left. The wind finally went right 30 degrees but we were on the wrong side of it were last at the gate. The committee did not move the windward mark for the last windward leg so no chance to pass as it was all starboard tack up the second beat.
The wind all but died on the last run and for a moment it looked like we might pass a few boats, but no.
So a frustrating end to what was our best regatta of the season after two days.
But I told the team that we have to take a lot satisfaction in the fact that we have raised our level of competitiveness substantially since the beggining of the year. We are now often fighting for the top spot in the fleet. This took a lot of hard work and determination. There is nothing easy about the Med Cup fleet.
So we will take that improved performance to the World Championship in Lanzarote in Mid October.
Quantum had the best day with a 1, 4 to win the regatta over Matador who had a 11, 2 today. Bribon made a big come back in the light air today getting a 2, 5.