|ISCYRA Regatta Report|| |
Wed Apr 6th, 2005 through Sat Apr 9th, 2005
Photo by John MacCausland from the stern of his boat, downwind
| Final results are below the reports on racing.|
Reports by Brad Nichol:
Before the last race Andy and I tallied up the scores and we were tied for third with Ross MacDonald with 16 points and Mark Mendelblatt and Rick Merriman one point back. At the start the line was stacked up at the boat with all the contenders battling it out in the heavy wind.
Andy and I were tacked on twice in the first few minutes and could not get to the right. At the weather mark we were in 12th and were determined to pick up boats. We passed the Irish and George Szabo on the first reach and made it to the bottom mark in the top ten. At the leeward mark I told Andy that we were in 6th for the regatta and every boat we pass moves us up a spot in the results. With that in mind we took some risks on the left side that did not pay. At the weather mark we were back in tenth. We jibed early on the run and caught the most amazing wave and rode it for over an minute passing three boats on the run to finish seventh in the race and sixth in the regatta.
Day 2, Races 3 and 4:
Andy had never reached in a star boat and we were a bit off the pace on the reaches, and we kept getting beat by boats who we forced to tack away.
In the first race we held fifth place around the first triangle only to lose Ross MacDonald on the last beat to finish sixth. In the second race we did a masterful job at the top of the beat to position ourselves in the right place to win out over a big pack of boats to round the weather mark second.
On the first reach we got the high-low from Mark Mendelblat and Paul Cayard and lost them both and then lost John Dane too. On the second reach Mark Reynolds caught us and we rounded fifth. We continued to lose boats on the final beat and run to finish a disappointing eighth.
If a seven-eight is a bad day for us then life isn't too bad but we have high expectations for ourselves. John Dane continued to sail well notching a 6, 3, and Paul Cayard continued to dominate racking up two more second places. Mark Mendelblat had a solid day moving into third with a 1, 4 and then things get tight from 4th place all the way to 10th. Andy and I are in fifth and in order to take the number one spot on the US Sailing Team we have to finish top 10 and beat John MacCausland who is in 10th place after today.
More wind and waves are scheduled for the final day of "Groundhog Day," hopefully Andy and I get it right!
Races 1 and 2:
Race one was a course four (windward-leeward, twice around) for a total of eight miles. We started below the pack stacked up at the boat and worked our way to the left up the first beat. After a few tacks to shake off some of our competitors we worked our way across the course and rounded in the top five. It took us some time to get comfortable down wind as we had not sailed this boat together in the big wind and waves but after some time we started catching waves and flying by boats. We rounded the leeward mark in third and went right up the beat. Half way up the course we caught our shift and rounded the weather mark in first with Paul Cayard close behind. We had a great duel downwind and were able to hold off Cayard to win the race with John Dane in third and the next seven boat within 45 seconds behind.
Just before the second race the wind went ten degrees right and we tried to go left off the line again. This time it did not pay and we rounded around tenth at the first mark. By this time we had the downwind sailing figured out and we got into open water and ripped by boats. At the leeward mark we were in fifth and put the bow down to the right side. Half way up the beat we were looking good but the left came in just before the mark and we dropped a few boats. We had a good run and came close to catching the two boats ahead of us but in the end finished sixth. John Dane and Austin Sperry won, with Cayard in second, and Howie Schiebler in third.
John Dane tops the standings with 4 points, Paul Cayard and Brian Sharp have four also, and Andy and I have 7, followed by Ross MacDonald (8), and Mark Mendelblatt (12).
The forecast is for more wind tomorrow and Friday so it looks to be an exciting regatta with plenty of top-level competition.
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