Thursday, April 5, 2007

SA Team Racing

Nations Cup. The three US teams finished 4 (LISOT), 5, 6 (Team 4). The course was set near to shore for the benefit of spectators, which meant that the breeze was somewaht shifty and unpredictable. The races were also longer than we are used to sailing, a solid 20 minutes on a regular opti course when the breeze was up. This meant that the boats could separate for leverage on the beats. That is essentially how our guys lost. After sailing very smart and winning the first three matches, including a 1, 2, 3, 4 which put PUR (the ultimate champ) into the loser's bracket, they lost to SIN and ISV in succession on mental errors, permitting them leverage on the last beat.

A similar scenario played out on the SA TR Champs course. ECU eliminated ARG in the final feet of the semifinal race, even though ARG had led all around the course. Watching gave you the sense of the sailor's frustration on day 2. One spectator boat was jammed with all the parents from ARG and ECU, both flags flying proudly from the yardarm. Within minutes of being elimianted, the ARG flag was lowered funereal style and everyone proceeded to cheer for ECU. When PER (a big kid team) learned ECU (a little kid team) had knocked of favorite ARG, they celebrated as though they had already won the championship, and indeed beat ECU 2-0 in the best of 3 final in the strong late afternoon breeze.

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