Friday, 19 September 2008
Day Two was better for BlackMatch, sailing off Split, Croatia. They are one of two unbeaten teams so far in Round Robin Two. Image copyright Ante Verzotti.
by David Swete
With another stunning day here in Split, racing was delayed for two hours before the sea breeze slowly filled in. When racing finally went ahead conditions were absolutely perfect for match racing, however, this was short lived and the race committee could only get away the remaining match of the first round robin and 3 matches of the second round robin before the wind faded away to nothing.
BlackMatch enjoying close racing in Croatia. Image copyright Ante Verzotti.
We faltered early in the day with a loss against Torvar Mirsky in a fierce race, but we remain in the hunt for that elusive top 4 spot to proceed through to the semi-finals after we found our straps and won the next 3 races in a row.
One of our wins today came against match racing legend Betrand Pacé who is showing excellent form here. This was a very big scalp and a comprehensive victory after Adam nailed the start and we lead the entire race while the French team threw everything at us.
BlackMatch Racing ahead of the opposition on Day Two in Croatia. Image copyright Ante Verzotti.
We feel we are starting to find some form here in Croatia and hope that a couple of hiccups early on will not come back to haunt us. Tomorrow we will be finishing off the second round robin and we are all looking forward to the challenge of taking a few more big scalps and hopefully progressing through.
We would again like to say a special thank you to our sponsors: FedEx Express and Ross Munro from Line 7, their ongoing support is helping make this opportunity possible for the BlackMatch boys. To the RNZYS and everyone else, thank you for your support.