Palma Day 3

Another long morning of waiting. We sailed out around 12:30 and right as we were sailing out a 20 knot mini squall came through that lasted almost 15 minutes.  The breeze then died down around 8 knots. The increased pressure brought in massive swell and so it was very sloppy after the wind died.  We had to spend a lot of time getting the technique down before the race. The race committee realized there was more wind in a slightly different location, so they picked up and moved us closer to the Finn course.  It took them a while to get the course sorted as they were waiting for a more consistent direction to fill in. As we were waiting, the breeze picked up again to around 15 knots. We had to spend time adjusting our tuning and started immediately preparing for the race. We struggled to get off the starting line the first race and fought hard for our 6th place finish. We sailed through the fleet very well which was a big positive of the day. The second race, we were determined to get off the starting line. We were in the top group and things were looking good. The second beat we struggled getting back to the left hand side and unfortunately the breeze kept on shifting that direction and we lost quite a bit of boats. Again, we fought hard on the final reach and downwind and picked up a couple of points.  Overall, we are happy with the tactical lessons learned today.

We would like to thank the sponsors and supporters of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider especially our title sponsor Sperry Top-Sider.