Monday, August 9, 2010

Ready To Roll In Weymouth UK

Weymouth, UK
Tomorrow, we, Team Tunnicliffe, will begin racing at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth UK, the final leg of the ISAF World Cup. We have been here for five days, training in the teams' new Elliott 6m's, against our team mates Sally Barkow, Genny Tulloch and Alana O'Reilly. We had four days of great wind and were able to practice a lot of small components of a race.

A break in the weather for sunset over Portland, Weymouth and the venue for the 2012 Games
From the album: Sail For Gold 2010 by US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics

It has been a while since we sailed in the Elliotts, our last event being in Kiel, Germany in June. The team took a break in July so that we could recharge and be ready for the big push in August and September leading into our World Championships at the end of Septmember. We started our training again with a week of sailing in Newport RI, the site of our World Championships, with team mate Liz Bower, and coach Dave Dellenbaugh. We had some great sparing partners who helped our learning curve continue to progress upwards. We are very grateful to, and would like to thank the New York Yacht Club for the use of their boats, the Lotz's for housing us and our training partners for giving us their time.

Our Newport training ended with a USSTAG fundraiser at the NYYC for the whole national team. The event was a regatta during the day and a dinner at night with both silent and live auction items. The event was a huge success, and on behalf of the entire USSTAG sailing team, we would like to thank everyone who came out and supported us. We are very appreciative of your vital support of our campaigns.

Today was our last day of practice here in Weymouth. We went out at 9am in a dying north easterly breeze. It was good to get in some light air practice. We trained against our friends from France, Claire Leroy and her team. This last practice day opportunity allowed us to recall/review our light air techniques and tactics. Eventually the breeze died out and we called it a day. We used the rest of the day to finish up our errands and relax before the start of racing tomorrow morning. We are in group A which means our group is out on the water first. We have three races scheduled. The forecast is for good breeze and we are very excited about the racing. You can check out the results at the regatta website here.

The points in the overall standings for the ISAF World Cup are very close. We are tied for second with Claire, with us winning the tie and one point out of first. You can check out the standings here.

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