Closing Out Sailing World Cup Miami
My regatta ended today with two more Gold fleet races in 20+ knots of breeze. It was fun to going on some screaming reaches and downwind runs today; upwind was pretty tiring...
In the first race I had a good start near the boat and quickly tacked out to the right. I played the right side, but the left was definitely better. I rounded the top in about 15th and stayed around there the entire race, catching a couple to end in 12th place.
The wind was up a little bit in the second race. Again, I liked the right and tacked out after the start. But again, the left proved to be better, and I found myself in the low 20s at the first mark. Positions didn't change too much for the rest of the race, and I finished with a 20.
Overall, it was a pretty tough event. I didn't sail my best, and it was pretty apparent that I am not in as good shape as the top Laser sailors anymore! The format didn't help me either as I had a bad gold fleet day with some high scores and a second yellow flag. Any way you slice it, I wasn't that happy with my performance. That said, it was definitely fun to get back on the water and race again. My plan now is to head back up to NJ for a couple weeks before coming back down to Clearwater, FL, for the Laser Midwinters East at the end of February.