South Americans Day 1

Our home base for the US Sailing Team is at the local naval club on the Niteroi side which is across the bay from the Rio side. Our boats are currently kept on the Rio side for the regattas and with the traffic and safety concerns, commuting by boat is the best option and the most gorgeous option by far! Today we had our first day of sun here and it really lit up the bay. We literally couldn’t put our phones down during the entire 15 minute boat ride this morning, it was that awesome. The racing got off to a slow start with a slight postponement, but the race committee was extremely efficient and got three races off in light to moderate breeze. We were winning the first race and then had a few hiccups, our spinnaker wrapped on the reach and then we ended up hitting the reach mark which cost us a few places. As for all the hype about current, it is definitely a factor, but since the bay is mostly surrounded by land it is also quite shifty so all in all it’s still just a sail boat race. The racing was tight the whole day and we even had a fleet inversion the second upwind beat of the third race. Luckily, we were in the middle so it didn’t affect us too badly. Despite a few mistakes today, we were in great spirits to finally get to race on the Olympic waters and are so lucky to be here spending time with the whole US Sailing Team.

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