Sunday, 21 September 2008

BlackMatch Report on Day Three of the ACI Match Race Cup in Croatia

by David Swete

In a very uneventful day, racing today was limited to a single race due to a lack of breeze. With a thick layer of cloud cover preventing the land from heating up enough to generate a sea breeze, all teams were held ashore until 1600 hours when a light onshore wind piped in which only allowed for one flight of races to be completed.

We raced Przemek Tarnacki from Poland and in a one side affair we lead from start to finish. This win has kept us in the hunt for a semi final berth whilst Betrand Pace lost to Paulo Cian in his match today to only be one win ahead of us, meaning we need to keep on winning and have a few results go our way to progress through.

Tomorrow is the final day of the regatta and the race committee will be hard pressed to get through the entire scheduled programme with 5 races in the second round robin still to be completed, along with semi finals and finals.

Tomorrow we are hoping to have weather conditions that are a little more conducive to match racing and will allow us to get in enough races to give us a chance of making it through to the later stages of the regatta. Although our early form may have let us down we are gaining confidence here in Split and hope to be given the chance the complete all of the racing without it being dictated by the weather as it was today.

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.

BlackMatch Racing

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