Our fleet has stepped it up today with local knowledge paying off. Despite Schurman continuing to dominate, Eric & Al set the bar high continuing to charge the top 5.
The course was changed to a single windward/leeward with 2 mile legs so
the long beats & current played a big factor.
I've been struggling to put together a decent regatta this week with
some good moves around the course but nothing yet that has popped me in
the front pack.
An OCS in race 4 put a damper on my first race of the day as I came out
of the gate a bit too strong but continued the race anyway & got a
5th. I rounded the leeward gate just in front of BRA999 & held him
off on the long grind upwind. Good practice even if it ended up not
Next 2 starts I was a bit more timid and paid the price again getting a
2nd row start. . In this fleet you can't make any mistakes & have to
be on your A game every minute or else someone will be there ready to
capitalize on your mistake.
Finally in race 3 the breeze and chop were up giving the locals a chance
to shine. The ebb had started on the inside and the breeze was gusting
outside. I got taken out when I had to duck below a 50' sailboat
sailing right through our windward mark layline. The wind shadow ripped
the rig right out of my hands. Ouch.
I rounded the top mark deep in 8th but had a brilliant downwind catching
up to 4th as there was some carnage on the inside of the course where
Jesper and Al went swimming.
Downwind through the voodoo chop I made some gains sailing right to the gates while others overstood.
The regatta is at it half way point with the leaders settling in but still opportunities to make gains.
Top 5 is still within grabs!