No racing on Day 1 of the test event held at the site of the 2016 Olympic Games. We waited onshore for a few hours before they called off the racing for the day.
Last night a front came through and we had a wet bike and boat ride in the rain this morning. Big winds were predicted for Day 2 and the 470s had three races scheduled on the outside course area which is known for big waves and lots of seasick sailors. We spent two of our training days outside before the South Americans last week and that gave us a chance to brush up on our technique in the waves. There is quite a large difference sailing on the inside versus outside courses here and we are just taking it all in. We sailed on the Copacabana course and had roughly 12-15 knots. We had a great day today posting a 2,1,1 showing much improvement all around. Our upwind speed was great and it definitely helps to get off the starting line. The swells were probably 13 feet but the sea state was so messy; there were waves really going in all directions. With the waves being so big, we spent probably 70% of each leg trying to find the marks. We are quite pleased with our performance and looking forward to racing tomorrow with the yellow pinnies! Three races scheduled for tomorrow on the other outside course area, Niteroi. The front has passed so we will see what will happen with the wind.
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