Sunday, 17 October 2010
by Paul Cayard
A fantastic day for Katusha today with scores of 5, 5, 1. In the last race, we played the shifts to stretch out to a massive 200 meter lead on the second place boat.
Unfortunately, that boat was Sea Dubai and by finishing second, they beat us by one point in the fleet racing so that put us in a three way tie for third overall in the Championship. Unfortunately, we will lose that tie breaker to No Way Back, but we will beat Artemis as the fleet racing score is determinant for tie breaks.
In any case, it could not have gone better nor could it have ended on a higher note for Katusha. On the way back to the dock, we counted up the days that Guenaddi has been sailing in his life and it came up to 14.
Next stop for the RC44 fleet is Miami, December 7-12.
My next sailing will be in Virgin Gorda in two weeks time for the Bitter End Yacht Club Regatta where my friend Russell Coutts and I will fight it out with a few other friends...haha. Rum punches will be the only punches we will be throwing and "down" is the direction they will be going.