Thursday, 5 May 2011

Black Swan Racing at the Open de Espana, Calpe

Sparking sunshine, but not much wind on Day 1 in Calpe. Image copyright Real Club Nautico Calpe.

by Keith Swinton

Today was the first day of racing here at the grade 1 in Calpe Spain. The venue is amazing however it didn't deliver much wind.

We had four races today finishing with 2 wins 2 losses. Although an average day on the scoreboard we felt it was a good day on the water. Our 2 losses came on the final legs of both races, in light and difficult conditions. Against world number 5 Ian Williams it was a small tactical/ crew work mistake at the top mark allowing Williams to take the favoured side down the run. Against Simone Ferrarese we struggled a little for downwind speed, which we now feel more comfortable with.

Our 2 wins came against Manuel Weiller of Spain and Phil Robertson of New Zealand. We feel we are sailing at a high level so just need to keep the momentum. The format is very tough with only the top 4 of 12 progressing to the finals round, but we are determined to make it.

Black Swan Racing would like to thank our supporters:
Westrac Pty Ltd - the Equipment Management Company, Welling & Crossley PTY LTD, Abbotts PTY LTD Chartered Accountants, McNally Group PTY LTD, Musto Australasia, Trendmark Sweden Agent for Musto.

Note from SailRaceWin: We understand that 2 wins and 2 losses was the score for both Black Swan Racing (AUS) & Waka Racing (NZL) today, with a 1-3 score for Aon Racing (NZL).

Black Swan Racing