Monday, 16 May 2011
by Paul Cayard
Another good day for Artemis today. Four races were held for the fleet of 10 identical catamarans and our scores were 4, 1, 3, 5 and were are now 2nd overall on 9 points, equal with Alinghi. The young team on C.E.R. is leading with 7 points after performing very consistently at the top in all four races.
There is too much action to recount it all but the last windward mark of the last race saw plenty of action as 5 boats arrived at the windward mark at the same time and plenty of protests followed. A few did penalty turns, and one hit the mark. We were clear of that which was fortunate.
We had some big come backs in two of the races which is always fun.
The 8 knot northerly wind was just enough to make the racing exciting in these very fast Cats. The boats go upwind with Code 0 at 11 knots and downwind under gennaker at 15 knots. Amazing really.