It hasn't exactly sunk in, probably mostly because it was not a great day. We had a tough go of it today, scoring a 15 and a 20, which puts us in thirteenth overall. The sailing was very difficult, and we were forced to clear ourselves in the second race to avoid scoring an OCS. All that being said, we've qualified for gold fleet, and therefore have both won our trials and qualified the US for one of the fourteen Olympic 49er regatta country spots to be issued here in Perth.
There are fifteen nations represented in the 25-boat gold fleet, but one is GBR, which has an automatic bid to participate in the London 2012 Games as the host country. Therefore, all the nations represented here in gold fleet have qualified for the Olympics.
We will have one gold fleet race tomorrow to get back on schedule after only having two races today. Thursday was meant to be a lay day for the 49er fleet.
As we said at the beginning of the week, our two most important goals for this event were to win our trials and qualify the country for the Olympics. Our final goal of finishing in the top ten is still very much within reach. We are only six points out of tenth now, and gold fleet is always where the biggest movements in the standings occur. Results can be seen here.
We would like to thank of our supporters and sponsors, including Sperry Top-Sider. Thanks also to the sponsors and supporters of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics especially our title sponsor AlphaGraphics and Gold Partners Atlantis and Rolex.
Storck Moore Sailing