April 7, 2012
We Won! After a very windy and wavy physical day, we managed to win the finals 3-1 over Team Leroy (FRA) at the 2012 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia.
When we awoke this morning, we read our forecast and saw 15-20kts with gusts higher. We looked out our window and there was not a breath of wind in the harbor. But sure enough, the wind increased rapidly as we made our way out to the race course and we started the first race in a healthy 12kts with gusts building. The chop and waves, which had leveled out slightly due to lighter overnight breezes, quickly increased again as the wind increased.
Race one started with us to the left of Team Leroy, but we're able to get around them to the right at the top of the first beat and we held them off for the rest of the race. Race two started with them acquiring a penalty and us again to the left. Up the beat we were able to hold the race close despite our main sheet ratchet block** breaking 30 seconds before the gun went off. Molly did a great job playing the main regardless and at the beginning of the second run, they attempted to spin their penalty, but did it a little too close to the [mark rounding] zone and their spin didn't count. We were now ahead with them still having a penalty. We took race two.
Race three didn't go so well for us as we were led off the line after getting pinned and they led us round the course. Inspite of a big charge by us on the last downwind leg to close up the eight lengths we were behind to one length, it wasn't enough and she put a point on the board.
Race four got really exciting. We started to the right and tacked away off the line. She had nice speed and was ahead by two lengths at the top. We caught a nice wave and surfed into a gybe. She matched our gybe but we had great speed on still from the gybe and surfed over the top of her and held the lead to the bottom mark. She had a major problem with her spinnaker coming down at the bottom mark which allowed us to extend our lead. On the last downwind leg, we had a great set and extended to take the race win along with the series.
It was a great week and we are happy with where we are in our sailing. Given the varying conditions, we are taking with us many valuable lessons and are looking forward to working on them leading into the upcoming trials. We head home to our proper homes for five days before we head back to Weymouth for some more training ahead of the next stop on the 2012 ISAF World Cup, Semaine Olympique Francais, in Hyeres, France.
** (For those who don't know, the rachet block is a friction block which helps take some of the tension when the rope is pulled in. If the rachet breaks, it's all about muscle power and strength.)
We would very much like to thank our Title Sponsor, Maclaren, our Gold Level Sponsors 11th Hour Racingand Laser Performance, and our Bronze Level Sponsors Carmeuse, Trinity Yachts, Chicago Match Race Center, and Sperry Top-Sider for their continued support of our campaign for the 2012 Olympic Games. We would also like to thank St Francis Sailing Foundation, and US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and its sponsors for their continued support. Also, thank you to our private donors. Please remember that any and all donations/contributions to our campaign should be made payable directly to either The Sailing Foundation of New York (tax deductible) memo'd Anna Tunnicliffe, or to Anna Tunnicliffe.
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