Today was the start of the Hyeres ISAF World Cup Event in France and we are sitting in second, losing the tie breaker for first. After a two hour postponement this morning, we were sent on the water with chilly temperatures and a light 5 – 7 knots. Our race area is the farthest away from the sailing center and after a long day on the water, we were lucky enough to get a tow back by Josh! The regatta format is different than Palma where there is only two days of qualification with five races and your “carry forward” qualification score cannot be discarded. A first place win still counts for zero points and we will have two medal races at the end of the regatta. Today three races were scheduled and with great determination by the race committee, we got all three races done at the expense of us hitting the dock at 6pm. The breeze was shifting all over the place which made the race committee have to work even harder to get those races off. We are making serious progress with our speed, especially in the light air and chop. We are working hard to have good maneuvers during the race, and they are slowly starting to become more second nature. This is the start of a long regatta and with a decent amount of breeze forecasted for the final series, we are looking to make improvements race by race. Looks like tomorrow will be similar conditions as today.
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