Friday, 9 October 2009
Artemis on Day One of the TP52 Worlds. Image copyright Pedro Martinez/TP52 World Championship.
by Paul Cayard
A mediocre day at best for us on Artemis. With an 8, 3 we are in 6th overall.
We waited until 4 pm to get the first race underway as the wind was light and variable all day. Finally 8 knots of wind filled in and we were off.
We had a good start to the left side as that has been favored here and usually is. We got around the front of everyone and tacked looking good. Shortly thereafter the right most boat, Cristabella, came across with a big starboard lift and pressure.
They came all the way over to us and tacked on us naturally as we were second. By now, everyone was realizing that the right had more pressure so our clearing tack to the left hurt us. Next Valars was able to come over and make us tack off to the left again and then finally Matador came and pounded us on the port layline. Needless to say, we were deep at this point.
On the final run we were the meat in a sandwich between Bribon and Weapon of Choice. Bribon gybed on us and tolled us and we some managed to pass Weapon.
Anyway, it was a painful race.
In the second race which started at 6:05pm, we had a great start and were inches from being second at the top mark again fighting with Bribon. Quantum had taken the left and had a slight lead on both of us.
It stayed that way all the way around the track although Matador closed in on us at the finish and made it a bit tense.
Tomorrow's forecast is for a westerly wind as a front is due to pass during the night.
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