Monday, August 9, 2010

Good Beginnings Day 1 : 3-0, Skandia SFG

Team Tunnicliffe, Boat 5, Flying The Spinnaker Downwind
Photo: (c) Fried Elliott

Weymouth, UK - We started racing bright and early this morning at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta here in Weymouth. Our group, group A, headed out to the race course around 9am for their three races for the day. After getting out the pre-regatta jitters in the first pre-start, we went on to finish our day 3-0. Tomorrow we are scheduled to finish the round robin with four races.

It was a beautiful day for sailing, at least for us, as the breeze slowly built to a nice 8kt south westerly. The sun was in and out, but the temperature wasn't that cold, so it was very pleasant. We are racing in a little bay that is surrounded by the marina wall, and a hill with a fort on it. It makes for a slightly challenging race course because of the wind shifting around the various obstructions, but the girls did a great job at putting us in the right place, and we came out on top at every mark.

We were finished by noon today, which allowed us to do a thorough debreif for the day and make dinner ahead of time. This meant we were able to fully relax during the evening. We followed how the rest of Team USA did on the internet and saw that overall, they had a successful day too.

Tomorrow we will be on live tracker, so you can follow the races online. There is also a live blog that updates the action from the various race courses. You can find both of these and the results on at the regatta website.

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 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and its sponsors for their support.

Sail Hard,
Team Tunnicliffe