Monday, December 22, 2008

Sail Melbourne 2008

Sail Melb - Day 6/wrap up - Team McNay-Biehl -Mens 470
The final day of Sail Melb called for a nice offshore breeze. It was a bit inconsistent and shifty, gusting 8-20+ knots with 40 degree shifts, but we went out.

Learning from a race during the worlds last year, left/offshore was the only option. We took the pin late and forced the Matt/Malc over so they had to restart. We sailed all the way out to the port layline with the fleet pointing at our transom the whole way. We took an early lead and never looked back. Until the next beat. It continued to be extremely variable and we were always pressured from behind. The big shifts and gusty conditions meant some stressful racing in the lead! We defended our position well and took the final race win at the end which is always nice to secure our 2nd place finish overall.

See video report from Melbourne:

Also a big congrats to Anna for taking the Radial win! A nice result for US Sailing Team Alphagraphics down under.

With time to reflect on the plane, im sure we’ll have some good thoughts on what we can take away and how to apply it to our next training/racing. A big thanks to US Sailing for helping us get down here on some plane tickets!

Next up on the sailing calendar is a nice pre OCR training camp to re-familiarize ourselves with our own gear in Miami Jan 3-8. Over and out, time to fly. - Graham