After a rough day 1, we sailed well enough to get us into Gold Fleet, barely. We were postponed on shore for an hour and a half while we waited for the breeze to shift around. We had two races today on a different course area than yesterday. It was light air and we only got to see the “O” flag for one windward beat today. For those that don’t know, the “O” flag is a pumping flag that gets flown in 8 knots or above. It makes pumping, ooching and rocking legal, which adds a ton of physicality to the boat, a big strength for us. Today, our conservative tactics cost us a lot of boats. We would often find ourselves fighting with five boats all extremely close and upwind we just didn’t play something big enough. We found ourselves in the middle too much and that made it hard to make gains. The good news is that we made Gold fleet so we are still in this and our carry forward (CF, in the results) will be a 22. Although, not the best, essentially the regatta starts over again and we plan to show up tomorrow with a different tactical mindset.
We would like to thank the sponsors and supporters of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider especially our title sponsor Sperry Top-Sider.