To kick off a summer of racing, we traveled down to Oakcliff, NY for a two day match racing clinic with Sally Barkow followed by a grade 3 event in Swedish Match 40s. The clinic was very productive and gave us a competitive edge going into the weekend of competition. The first day of the clinic was primarily focused on cleaning up and perfecting boathandling maneuvers so that we would be able to focus on tactics while racing. This gave our team an opportunity to fine tune how each of our positions worked on the boat, as we hadn’t all sailed together prior to this event. Light and shifty breeze gave us lots of time to work on hoists and takedowns making it more fluid when there was more breeze the next day. The second day of the clinic was more focused on tactics and learning how to position ourselves in the most advantageous way. Sally was great at running drills on the water and making practice time efficient.
We felt fairly confident going into the event and had a strong team dynamic on the boat with everyone in good spirits. The breeze was shifty and variable throughout the day making for challenging boathandling transitions from light air to moderate breeze. Breeze conditions lead to several postponements making it impossible to finish the full round robin. We held a strong record throughout the day only losing one race, which we were still very competitive in. As a boat, we did a good job of debriefing quickly after each race to talk about what was working and what needed to be done differently.
We were excited going into the second day. We felt prepared for our two more challenging races that day against Chris Poole (Riptide Racing) and Peter Holz (Windy City Racing). Light breeze conditions lead to several postponements but eventually it filled in and we were able to race in heavier air. We were competitive throughout the day, proudly finishing the event in fourth overall.