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3 days racing, 6 races, 5 to count. Qualifying series done.
Waiting for final result to confirm the fleet allocation for Monday.
The sailors were assigned different fleets each day based on the day’s current standings, giving them opportunity to test their skills against stronger and weaker sailors. The conditions across all 3 days were similar – 10knts from the south west, 210 deg. The current getting stronger, about 2 knots today. Lumpy, lumpy, lumpy.
After the initial jitters all the sailors got their confidence and took on the job at hand. Ian’s experience sailing in more aggresive fleets helped find him his space in the top 3rd of the fleets he raced in. Matt improved through the series. Using what he learnt in the Med Champs to make better decisions. Keagan lacked confidence in his ability and shared the lack of aggression with Bryan and Karl. His starts improved but still got caught up in the mid fleet chaos. Karl took on the challenge in his own quiet way. Initially he had issues with his boat setup. But once that was rectified he setted into his regular position for the rest of the series. Tough, tough, tough conditions for the bigger sailors but Bryan was by no means among the biggest. He also improved, finishing with his best result today.
Mid fleet sailing offers the toughest combination of conditions. Loads of boats, no clear air and 50 sailors out to get get you. So when you do get a cracker start it’s not that difficult to stay ahead, but get a 2nd row start and you out the back with dirty air.
Time to move on!
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