Well, we started our day by skying our spinnaker halyard through our mast at the top. Despite this slight, yet fairly substantial mistake, we were lucky in that there was not a breath of breeze on the water. We figured that a postponement would buy us a little time. We decided to flip our boat over immediately, which ended up being a really good move as it kept the halyard from sneaking down the mast. While the boat was flipped, we tried to come up with a game plan to sort this out in a some what timely fashion. Since high pressure boat work is not our forte, we decided to seek advice before doing anything which was also a good idea. We ended up finding the halyard at the topping lift exit and we managed to use an old luff wire to fish it back up through the mast. All in all, it only took us about 30 minutes and it was pretty much a miracle that we managed not to twist any of the halyards in the process. We then waited on shore for about four hours before we ended up launching and heading out to the race course. The breeze was very light out of the South and for such a stable direction, the breeze was fairly unstable. Unlike the North Americans, we raced separately from the boys and the change in fleet size was a difficult adjustment for us with regard to the tactics. There are only 10 boats in our fleet and the level is quite high, so the racing is extremely close. We were leading the first race at the first downwind gate mark and made a small mistake on the final reach mark to the finish costing us a couple boats. The second race, we were a little too conservative upwind ending up in the middle which made it difficult to crack into the top three. We are looking forward to tomorrow’s racing and using this halyard snafu as a positive experience for the future.
We would like to thank the sponsors and supporters of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider especially our title sponsor Sperry Top-Sider.