Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Semaine Olympique Francaise

Elliott 6m - Match Racing - 26 avril 2010
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April 27, 2010 Hyeres, France - Despite the wind coming in for a couple of hours, it didn't last very long, and therefore, there was no sailing for Team Tunnicliffe today at the Semaine Olympique Francaise.

Waiting For The Wind
Photo: (c) Jean-Marie Liot, April 2010

We were scheduled to be the third group to sail, with each group ahead of us each sailing three flights first. Group C finished their round with great wind, maybe up to 10kts of breeze. As the repecharge group were rotating in, the clouds started moving towards the race course. This affected the wind a bit, and during their first race, the dying trend began. During their second race, the boats sat at the leeward mark for 10 minutes before the race committee cancelled racing. After another hour of sitting and waiting, the gold group was cancelled for the day so we went ashore around 5:30pm.

One member of our team did actually get to sail today though. Debbie filled in for Alice Manard, the bow on the other USSTAG team, who got food poisoning a couple of nights ago and is not well. They asked Debbie if she would be able to sail today as a fill in if Alice woke up again not feeling well. After going through all of the required procedures for it to happen, Deb sailed the one race that the repecharge completed. They won their race, which was a good way to start their round. We are hoping that Alice feels better tomorrow morning and can sail again.

The forecast for tomorrow looks slightly better so we are hoping that we can complete the gold fleet round robin tomorrow. Our fingers are crossed. The weather has been lovely, but a bit more wind would make it perfect.

You can check out the regatta results on the regatta website. (Click on Match Racing near the top right, and open the pdf file when prompted.)

We would like to thank Carmeuse and Trinity Yachts for their continued support of our campaign for the 2012 Olympics in London. We would also like to thank USSTAG for their continued support.

Sail Hard, Anna
Team Tunnicliffe