Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Last, last, second to last, last.

Actually, despite being last on the water in the last race, I was second from last as one guy had gone home with some technical issue.
That was how my Saturday sailing went.
An early start to pick up my boat on the way to Kastrup and on the water by 10 for 4 planned races in the Polyester Cup (I have no idea why it's called that).
I really didn't perform well in the first couple of races. I make too many mistakes and each of them costs me a boat length or so. I don't really understand how I have gone backwards so much since last season where I could get to the upwind mark with the other boats rather than being last from beginning to the end of the race.
I did manage to make some improvements in the last race by simply working much harder upwind to get more speed out of the boat. It should have been obvious that  would help, but I didn't figure it out until the last race. Having passed 5 boats on the upwind leg, I then proceeded to hit both of the buoys and had to do 2 penalty turns, thus immediately losing the places I had gained. Bother.

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