Saturday, April 7, 2007

Garda Day 2 Update

Day Two brought different conditions from the first as the breeze took its time building to around 15kts from the SSE. Once the wind came in, around 1:30PM, the race committee sent the sailors off one the first of three races. Throughout the day the breeze shifted consistantly to the left and a thick haze dropped down from the mountains on both sides making conditions a bit difficult, but TEAM USA took it in stride and had some awesome finishes. Erika Reinke for FLYC drove her way in with a 17, 6 and 45 which puts her in 45th overall and close to the top ten girls. Kav Stokes had a 3rd in the 4th race, his best to date. Chris Schade also had his best day of the regatta so far with a 24, 10 and 21, which moved him up to 65th overall. Nick Clemence continued his string of top finishes with a 15, 9 and 39 in his races. Patrick had a bit of a hiccup in race number 4 as he swamped his boat right at the start 60 seconds before the gun. After bailing like crazy he managed to run through 85 boats and cross the finish line in 100th. Hopefully that will be his drop. Brady Staggs had some sprit issues early but manages to climb his way back through the fleet and come up with some good finishes consistently getting better as the day went on. Currently the standings for TEAM USA are:

Erika Reinke 45
Nick Clemmence 50
Melanie Johnson 53
Chris Schade 65
Pat Jacobitti 123
Brady Staggs 147
Kav Stokes 155
Maddie Bricker 161
Ian Stokes 193
Will Romeo 249
Kayla Gibson 285

Race 7 is just finishing, light breeze 8-10 with chop.

Kav Stokes 18
Chris Schade 23
Melanie Johnson 23
Nick Clemmence 29
Kayla Gibson 70
Brady Staggs 82
Ian Stokes 86
Pat Jacobitti 102
Maddie Bricker 104
Erike Reinke 104

Looks like the committee got in three races again today, as the fleet has just started to make a bee-line for the gelato shops here in Garda! - Scott

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