A different change of pace today with breeze on conditions here in Hyeres, France. The women had the later start time of 1pm after the men raced at 11am. It was a nice 15 knots for our upwind sail out to the race course and as the day progressed, we ended up racing in about 18-22 knots with some nice waves. The chop was super short and steep which made for some fun, yet sketchy rides downwind. The race committee sailed us two-lap windward leewards, instead of the typical Olympic trapezoid. The first race, we got a nice start just above the pin group and headed left because we thought there would be a land effect. After watching the men race, we noticed that the left had been working during their race as well. We had good upwind speed which helped us out and we managed a good finish. The second race, we were a little late on our acceleration and had to tack right away after the start. We ended up ducking the entire fleet and we didn’t really see any good lanes going back left. We knew that the penalty for tacking was super high and at this point our only hope was to go really fast in the wrong direction, to the right, and hope to find a good shift to come back in a decent position. We rounded the top mark in third which was extremely lucky. With a few boat-handling errors and a speed problem on the second upwind, we lost a couple boats, but caught three boats the final downwind to finish fourth. A lot of good lessons learned today, and we are looking forward to more breezy conditions tomorrow.
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