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Disappointing First Day of Melges Racing for Ireland in San Francisco

19th August 2013
Disappointing First Day of Melges Racing for Ireland in San Francisco

#melges – Disappointing and fractious first day of racing in San Francisco, we were OCS (over the line at the start meaning we had to go back and re-start) in one race and had a fight with another boat resulting in a protest in another writes Conor Clarke. Light to medium breeze all day today which is very unusual for SF this time of year and we had big wind shifts which we didn't always call well enough.

Out of three races we have two fifths and a second leaving us third overall overnight but we will have to seriously up our game tomorrow if we are to make ground on the two leaders, Hedgehog and Monsoon. Forecast is for similar freakily light winds tomorrow, a shame, we had always expected and we were looking forward to heavy winds and huge downwind blasts.

Anyway, the boat held up better than the crew, Dave is down in the mouth which is completely bizarre for the most positive man in the world, Profs hands are raw and bleeding and Kate is offering reading lessons to Nathan.

We really have to do better tomorrow, our manoeuvres must be slicker and we must make better choices to improve our position, it is very frustrating when the slightest mistake is so severely punished.

Looking forward to redemption tomorrow, watch this space.


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