Monday, July 27, 2009

North American's

Just got back from the N.A.'s.we had a great time with a week filled with lot's of memories.We finished tied for 14th but on a count back we dropped to 16th.Little dissappointing as we lost about 6 boats in the last half of the final leg down wind.Overall I feel pretty good about our speed and fleet management,and are start's .We only had one incident all week when after a great start we tried to cross the majority of the fleet and a boat came up and clipped our rudder,the 360 rattled us a bit and we had our worst result.High lites where being 3rd to A mark,rolling Enrique Figurioa upwind,finishing top 10 in one race,meeting a whole bunch of great people.
The final day was just a hoot to be on the water 12-15 knts,with sun and waves,champian sailing.A lot of people complained about the wind but we were happy we raced every day and there was only one day where there was no trap work.
Always learn something new.We seemed to rig a little tighter then most other boats.A lot of the boats straiten up there mast down wind.We had an interesting start on the last day,we were about 2/3rd's of the way down the line toward's the pin with about a min. to go.Then a little lefty came thru and a couple boats got over top of us.So we tacked out and crossed on port at the committee boat after the last boat had crossed.We had Pedro Colon just ahead and to leeward.We sailed on his hip all the way out to the lay line and ended up rounding top 10.Kind of a nice tactic to have.We had clean air,no worries of being over early,and you could tack back into the middle at any times with right's,
Overall places where I could improve is I think I could sail a little more aggressively.We tended to stay more in the middle as opposed to committing to one side.Also we ducked a lot of boats we could have crossed,especially at A mark.Having the experience from last years North American's helped a lot.Doing this with my Daughter and having my Wife there made it special.

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