Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rolex Osprey Cup

October 20, 2009
St Pete, FL

We have just finished racing on day two of the Rolex Osprey Cup in St. Pete, FL. We had eight races today and won them all. To add to our record from yesterday, we are now 15-0, and leading the event half way through the second round robin.

Holding Position In The Pre-Start (Anna, Hull #7)
Photo: Renee Athey, Oct 2009

This morning we wrapped up the first round robin with two good races against Anne-Claire Le Berre from France and Karin Hagstrom from Sweden. Once we finished that round, we completed two more races before we came in for lunch. After lunch, we had a great race with Gulia Conti from Italy. We had a close first beat after being about even off the line. We were on the left and she was on the right. We were slightly ahead up the beat, managing to leebow her the whole way and lead her into the mark. On a close downwind leg, we managed to retain the lead. On the second upwind leg, we again had some close tacks, but extended our lead by another boat length to hold on for the win. It was our closest race of the day, and a great way to re-establish the flow after lunch.

The next three races were held in changing winds. The wind was increasing for some of the time and decreasing at other times, which made for challenging and choppy conditions. It was a fun day, that kept everyone on their toes. We also saw some sea life between races today, including a couple of hammerhead sharks.

Tomorrow we will finish the last three races of the second round robin before we advance on to the next round. Full results weren't available at time of press.

I would like to thank Carmeuse for their continued support of my campaign for the 2012 Olympics in London, England. I would also like to thank Gill for their support of our team for this event.

Sail Hard,