Light winds meant a delay of an hour - we installed a new slightly less stretchy halyard, coloured in the spin numbers to keep the jury happy, and headed out into the bay. The breeze slowly
built and settled - 8 knots from the NE. Race 1 got underwa[photopress:J24_Worlds_043x.jpg,thumb,pp_image][photopress:J24_Worlds_043x.jpg,full,pp_image]y - a long line, lots of butterflies, boats everywhere.
We decided to start at the boat end, and fought for a hole just by the RC boat - protected it once agressively, and found ourselves with room and speed to wind up off the line. Bit scary as
I looked down the line across all those bows - were we too far forwards? Off when the gun, and only one - we had launched ourselves into the front row and quickly pulled away from everyone
around us. Up the beat boat after boat took our stern, we played the shifts as per the Geat Sound, and were in the company of 4 other J’s as we made our way to the first mark - rounding in
4th. Down the run - what an amazing sight - 72 boats behind with chutes set. Great downwind leg - and well set up to go right as planned - plenty of clear air, and covered the fleet this
time - another good run - a couple of boats snuck by to a finish of 7th. Very focussed on not messing it up - great crew work, tactics, and boat speed - no complaints!
Next race and the wind built a little - 12-14, and veered to the right - again a good start, but the boats on the left got the first shift and most of the fleet crossed us. Were well at the
back at the windward mark, but dug in and worked our way back boat by boat. Next upwind got into clear(ish) air on the left and played the shifts to claw back some more boats - another good
run and finished 61st - not disappointed with that as our speed was fine.
Trevor struggled a bit today - but as always tomorrow is a new day. Great and sunny day on the water in gorgeous Sardinia.