Light and Lumpy on Day Two
We sat on shore for an hour and a half this morning waiting for some breeze to fill in. At about 11:30, the Race Committee sent us out for two more races sailed in 3-6 knots, lots of chop, and plenty of current. it was very difficult racing.
In the first race, I had a great start just to leeward of the main pack at the boat. The guys to weather of me tacked off for the right and I kept going on starboard towards the left up 5-10 degrees from my pre-race starboard angle. I thought I was doing the right thing, but about half way up the breeze continued to clock right about 25 degrees, and a lot of guys to the right of me were ahead. I rounded in about 30th place and caught up to the low 20s by the end of the first downwind. I stayed around there for the rest of the race, finishing in 23rd.
In the second race, I got another good start near the boat, and tacked out to the right. Unfortunately a few guys near me put some close tacks on me, not leaving me with much breathing room. I did a few tacks, looking for a clear lane to the right, but at that point I was no longer in the lead group. Both sides came in during this race, and again, I found myself in about 30th at the top. I had a great 2nd beat catching up to the high teens, but lost a couple boats on the last downwind and final beat to finish in 21st.
It was a very tough day of sailing with some painfully light legs. The chop from 100+ coach boats doesn't help the situation either! I'm praying we get some more breeze for the rest of the regatta!