Lots of sunshine in Santander, Spain today for the start of the Santander City Trophy or, as we call it, the test event for next summer’s ISAF Santander World Championships, the first country qualifier for the Olympics. Today we ended up waiting over two hours before our first start. The boys were scheduled to start first and they ended up having lots of generals, postponements and black flags. We were on course area A today which is hugged up against the shore. We were joking that it felt a lot like college sailing: 18 boats, tactics were all about pressure, fairly short windward beats, windward mark super close to land and a lot of shifts in the last third of the windward beat. It ended up being super fun racing. The second race, we actually had a rough start and ended up having to fight back, but the course was an Inner 3 with three windward beats so that gave us an extra opportunity for a comeback. We raced well today and a lot of technique with swell and chop came together for us which is a big positive and something we have been working hard at improving. Tomorrow our start time is 1pm with two races scheduled.
We would like to thank the sponsors and supporters of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider especially our title sponsor Sperry Top-Sider.