Saturday, March 31, 2007

Harken pens save the day and--at last--Race 1

Day one of the regatta and of course no wind after days of 10+ knot sea breezes.

During the shore delay Jorge Agnese happened to be in the boys room which was getting its daily cleaning and linen replacement. Upon reaching the door to leave, the maid called out to him in Portugese. He turned to address her as she emerged from the bathroom. Between the fingertips of her outstretched hand was one of the pens Harken was kind enough to send to the team. The pen had brown goo smeared all over it, and the maid had a look of horror in her eyes and the fingers of her other hand clamped firmly over her nose.

Apparently she has never seen peanut butter. Thanks Harken for an essential regatta tool! Luckily we have enough pens to make sandwiches the next 7 regatta days!

Late in the afternoon enough sea breeze came up for a single light air race. Team USA had a great showing, and so did Team LISOT. At the weather mark in Race 1A, Dierdre was 12, and Marlena 14. They finished 13 and 5 respectively. Sam Stan was 12 and all 3 should move up one place as a GRE boat ahead of Marlena picked up a measurement penalty.

At the weather mark in Race 1B, Antoine was 1, Michael Z was 9. Antoine won, Dodge Rees was 2, and Z moved up to 5 at the finish. Chris Williford was 3(ocs), but it was looking like 4 US boats in the top5!

Race 1C, Declan led all around the course until the last few feet when he was 'pipped' by SIN. Christian Locke was 6 at the weather mark and finished 4. Matt was 7 at the weather mark and finished 11.

Even though there is lots of racing yet to go, this is a big improvement over last year when the US team was happy to have any boat in the top 30. LISOT should be particularly proud to have all 5 of its sailors in the top 12. Leandro deserves lots of credit for keeping everyone loose and helping them analyze the venue.

Four races are planned for tomorrow.

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