It was one of those days we wish we could have back. We put up a 24-5-25, and we dropped to 22nd overall in the standings. It was a shifty, puffy day, and we found ourselves clawing from behind in a couple of races. In the end, there just wasn’t enough racecourse to dig ourselves out.
It is difficult to find the positive on a day like today. Perhaps the best thing we can glean from the day is that the date is April 3rd, not August 3rd. We still have four months to address the final issues as we lead up to the Olympics. The other positive is that we will not in fact be racing in a fleet of this size or type at the Olympics. This may seem like a cop-out, but we are thinking about how every lesson we learn at these events may or may not apply to our racing at the Games. Some of the lessons learned today, like how we can get off the starting line more consistently, will pay off at the big event this summer. Some others, like how to manage the immense crowds at the turning marks, will not be as important.
Tomorrow is the final day of qualifying racing. We will need to post three good races to make certain we stay in the top-25 and have a shot at the medal race on Saturday. Lots can happen in gold fleet racing, as long as we get there. One day at a time!
Results can be found here. Stay tuned for more throughout the week.
Thanks to all of our supporters and sponsors. Thanks to the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics especially our title sponsor AlphaGraphics and Gold Partners Atlantis and Rolex. Thanks also to Sperry Top-Sider for their sponsorship and support.
Storck Moore Sailing
Updated on May 20, 2013, 6:25am