The first European event of the season is under way and the weather warmed up a little bit for us today. We were postponed on shore for a while this morning, but the race committee eventually sent us out and managed to get two races in. We raced in an unstable sea breeze which was light and challenging. There was some swell so that made the downwind technique a challenge also. We raced with 48 boats on the line, a big change from the 10 boats we saw at the Sailing World Cup in Miami. The starting line was fairly long so we knew we wanted to start near the favored end and make sure we could get on the lifted tack right away as pressure was so hard to see. The first race, we were able to tack onto port right away in a massive left shift, which set us up to play in the top group. The second half of the beat, the wind got very unstable and we lost about 10 boats on the final shift into the top mark. We had a great downwind and second upwind beat to fight back to sixth. The second race, we had great speed off the line and again put us in a position to play in the front group. A lot of traffic around the top mark and an unfavorable right shift had us rounding the first windward mark in 22nd. Again, we fought back to finish 10th. Given the amount of boats we passed during our races, we are pleased with our speed and looking forward to racing hard tomorrow.
We would like to thank the sponsors and supporters of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider especially our title sponsor Sperry Top-Sider.