Thursday, 19 July 2012

Racing - Day 3

As was the case yesterday, the fleet launched on time 1030 to head out to the race course. However, once again the forecast was for intermittent storms and a light easterly.

However, at the race course we had a reasonable southerly sea breeze of around 10 knots so racing was able to start on time.

The wind remained relatively stable for the next hour. Then thunderstorms moved onto the course from the East, this dragged the wind about 90 degrees to the left. The first and second starts (Martin and Milo) had already finished, but it made the racing for the third (Arran) and fourth starts (Jamie and Max) challenging.

Martin sailed a very solid race to score a comfortable 6th place. Milo missed one shift on the first beat to finish mid-fleet having been close to Martin half-way up. In the third race Arran lost around 15 places over-standing the finish layline as a result of the shift. Max consistently gained places around the course to finish in second! Jamie was unable to recover from a poor start after the second beat became very one-sided because of the shift.

After finishing there was a MASSIVE thunderstorm with torrential rain and cyclonic winds and the fleet were sent to shore for the day.

Overall Max has shot up to 5th overall! Martin has also improved to 25th. The other sailors have remained in similar positions.

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