Monday, September 25, 2006

Frostbite Race 2

During the race on Sunday the boat slipped into the groove easily. Waves were about 2 metres, and wind was steady 12-15 knots and gusting to 20-25 knots. I followed my plan and untertuned the rig as I have done in the past few races. I followed the same formula for trim as the last two races as well, working the traveler as the puffs came up and keeping the boom centred.

On one of the long legs the boat helm was so light it reminded me of a dinghy. I hiked out as if I was on a sunfish and tried to really feel the boat. On the upwind leg we did very well, right behind the first and second boats at the mark. (The last 3 races we have been with the usual leaders which means we are progressing forward). The downwind was a good leg. The fifth position called out the waves from behind so we could surf the surge and take advantage of the additional momentum that the waves could provide. A good technique that gained us some ground on the leader.

Overall we finished well in the pack. Most likely a 3rd (will see what the PHRF corrections yield) and how much time we need to give the second place boat.

It was very evident yesterday that the crew was operating as a crew. Communication was good, tactics were well thought out, trim was smooth and teamwork is at a maximum. The crew is very eager to take it to the next level. I think we are ready to kick it up a notch.


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