Thursday, August 18, 2011

Paul Cayard's Update - RC44 Sweden Cup

RC44 Sweden Cup - Match Racing
17 August 2011

Good sailing conditions were served up today for the first day of racing here in Sweden...11-16 knots and an oscillating breeze from 170-210. Skies were over cast and even some rain this morning.
Photo: © Dan Ljungsvik
Seven flights were held but for most that means four races and the fleet has now grown to 16 boats and only 10 (five pairs) can race at a time.

Katusha and Artemis Racing had average days each scoring 2 win and 2 losses. The two wins for Katusha were enough to move her into second place in the Match Racing standings for the season after ORACLE Racing had a bad day with just 1 win. Artemis Racing won the "inter-family" derby.

Onboard Katusha, Jonas (our pit man) was down with a back injury. So we brought in a new recruit in the form of Danny Cayard. He filled in as offside tailer alongside Robbie "Battler" Naismith. It was a lot of fun to race with my son..something I will never forget.

I won't go into all the details of the racing but suffice it to say there were some things we could have done better.

The big winner of the day was Islas Canarias with 4 wins and many teams on 3 wins: AEZ, No Way Back Synergy, Peninsula Petroleum, Cereef, Team Aqua and Team Nikka.

Tomorrow the fleet racing is starting and our skipper Gennadi is in town and ready to go.

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