Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Delta Lloyd Regatta

I am in Medemblik, Netherlands for the Delta Lloyd Regatta - an ISAF World Cup event. Racing runs May 26-30. Results can be found here. Click on read more for daily reports.

Tuesday, May 25
I got my boat this morning and went for a quick sail to make sure all my gear is in order for tomorrow. Racing begins at 14:00 for the Lasers, with 3 races scheduled.

Wednesday, May 26
Today was the first day of racing. The wind was up and down from 6-14 knots throughout the day, with significant shifts. I generally sailed quick, but would make small gains up the middle on small shifts and lose to the boats on the side in the bigger shifts. In the first race I had a poor start, but made good gains on the first run. I made some more boats on the second beat, but could not gain enough ground and finished 28th. In the second race I lost my lane off the start but quickly tacked out and had a clear lane and good speed. I was going well relative to the boats on my side, but the wind went 15 degrees left and I was behind the pack on the left. I had a good first run, passing 10 boats, but sailed some extra distance on the last run and lost several boats to finish 28th. In the last race I got pinged around after the start and was left a bit back. The wind was up a bit and I was going well, but I again seemed to try to make the middle of the course work and lost out to the boats on the sides. After the first day of racing I am in 56th with straight 28s.

Thursday, May 27
Racing has been postponed for 2 hours, and will now begin at 3pm local.