Monday, 11 January 2010
Team Tunnicliffe (blue) and Team Barkow (red) Duke It Out. Image copyright John Payne.
by Anna Tunnicliffe
Day two of racing at the USSTAG Qualifier wrapped up today here in Miami. Our team had another good day and managed to finish the two round robins in the lead heading into the semi-finals. We will face Katie Lovell in the semi’s and the other semi’s will be between Sally Barkow and Genny Tulloch.
yesterday was an excellent day for our team. We won all six races and had one very exciting race against Sally, which came down to half a boat length between us at the finish.
This morning we were greeted with the high temperature of the day at 50 degrees, decreasing during the rest of the day, and rain, increasing throughout the day. But the racing was fun as the wind gave us completely different conditions from yesterday. The 15-20kts provided a nice chop and gusty conditions for good racing.
Our day started a bit hectic when we locked our extra gear and car keys inside the car. Being in a hurry, we tried to get the Fire Department to open the car, but the guy didn’t have the correct equipment after he showed up. So we left the dock with just a little bit of food and water, and fortunately, it held us through the day no problem.
We had one loss today to Genny on the last race. We gave ourselves a penalty in the pre-start and then made a big mistake with 20 seconds to go and so virtually handed the race to Genny. But it was another lesson learned, and we are more than happy it happened before we head into the semis tomorrow.
Racing tomorrow starts at 10am when we will complete the semis and finals. The forecast is for a little more breeze and chilly temperatures, so we’re off to get some fortifying food and a good night's rest.
I would like to thank our sponsor Carmeuse for their continued support of our campaign for the 2012 Olympics in London, England. I would also like to thank USSTAG for their support.