Day 3 was a bust with no racing and a lot of rain. Today, the breeze was out of the North and Northwest at times, but varying in direction with the rain cells that came through the course. There were three races scheduled and our windward mark was in a different position each race. We sailed well with what we saw, but we didn’t really see the breeze that well so that made it a challenging day. Our communication and execution of our game plan went smoothly which is a strong point of the day, although we aren’t very pleased with our performance. When we hit the dock, we realized that one strip of our gasket was partially unattached. For those that do not know, a gasket is something on the bottom of your boat that prevents water coming into your boat due to the centerboard. Since it breaks, you then have a piece dangling underwater that slows you down – kind of like sailing around with a big piece of kelp. We are unsure exactly how much this affected our speed, but we spent an hour or so after racing trying to fix it. We did have some challenges in that our toolbox was in a jury room where a protest was being held and the fact that it was raining. We were extremely lucky in that Sperry had a tent that we were able to use to cover our boat to keep it dry so the adhesive would stick. Usually doing gaskets in the rain or with any humidity is a really bad idea, but since the forecast was for rain tomorrow, we had to deal with what we had. We are crossing our fingers it stays on for the racing tomorrow! Thanks Sperry!
We would like to thank the sponsors and supporters of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider especially our title sponsor Sperry Top-Sider.