First day of racing brought typical European conditions with huge swell and gusts well into the 30s. We have been practicing hard and making a ton of progress with our speed in the breeze and we were pumped to test this improvement on the race course. We started the first race with an awesome lane and great speed, rounding the top mark in 8th ish, maybe a little better. At the beginning of the race we were seeing high teens for the breeze and near the top windward mark, the wind just started cranking. We set our spinnaker and had awesome speed on the first half of the downwind and began passing boats immediately. We decided to go for the gybe with the kite up and after 30 seconds or so of instability while trying to put the pole on, we got a pressure hit as a wave caught our bow and we flipped. There were a lot of boats flipping around us, so we knew that finishing the race would be important for our score line. When we righted our boat, the spinnaker had unfortunately made a figure eight around the spreader. In the process of trying to get the kite off the spreader, we flipped again. Once we got the boat up, we had ripped our kite and went on to finish the race with the hope to make it within the time limit. We made it to the reach mark and saw a bunch of women’s boats by the committee end of the starting line. Since we had to switch our kite and drop rake, we made the call to forget about finishing and get to the starting line, as we didn’t want to miss the start of the next race. This proved to be a great move. By the time we got the new spinnaker rigged, they blew the 5 minute gun and we didn’t have time to drop our rake. We decided to do the best we could and just keep focusing on the goals we had for the day. At the start of the last race, the waves were just huge and it was getting even windier! We had another great start and we were trying to find a good balance in the boat to stay speed even with the fleet. We fought hard and finished 13th. The forecast looks lighter for the rest of the week.
If you are interested in following the racing:
You can follow the day’s racing live, through the Race live button on the website homepage (www.trofeoprincesasofia.org) with constant updates from the scoring team and Race committees of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre.
This information can also be followed through the English Twitter channel, www.twitter.com/sofiamapfre_en.
In the Race Management web area, at the Results section, you can also follow the development of all the participating classes. With a link you can easily check the development of each class every day, for instance if the fleet is postponed, race starts or number of races completed at that moment. An easy visual information system using flags and available for everyone.
We would like to thank the sponsors and supporters of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider especially our title sponsor Sperry Top-Sider.