Not a great day for us, but all is not lost. We had a 7,6,7 and slipped into third in the season standings and 5th for this regatta.
We made a big mistake in each of the three races; over the start line early in the first, fouled a competitor in the second and did our penalty turns and in the last race we hit the windward mark.
In the last race, the mark was a rib and it was motoring forward, trying to hold its position. The real mark drifted away. The rib was adjusting it’s throttle, we believe, and so went from laying the mark to having to shoot head to wind but we could not avoid the rib.
The wind started out pretty mild and tricky in the first race. At one point, we had gotten back to third place before getting tangled up in a pack near the finish.
At the end of the day, the wind was up to 21 knots and extremely rough conditions.
We are 5 points behind Quantum for second place for the season and just 1.5 ahead of Bigimist who is in fourth.
So it will be a big day tomorrow.
For complete results go to 2009.medcup.org