Bermuda Gold Cup Day 1
by Waka Racing | 4/10/10
Today was the first day of the World Match Race Tour Bermuda Gold Cup.Where we have just come in off the water with 2 wins and 1 loss score on the score card.
This event has a brutal format with 24 teams split into 3 groups, with each group completing a round robin. The top 2 finishers go directly through to the top 8 and 3rd and 4th getting a second chance in the repacharge.
Our victories today came against current Chicago Match Race Cup Champion Mike Buckley and Womens World No.1 Lucy Macgreggor.
In our match against Lucy we did a nice job inflicting a penalty in the prestart and decided to keep it close in the difficult, shifting conditions. However she just managed to sneak in front of us at the last top mark, which meant we had a slow situation where she was trying to slow down to wipe her penalty and we were trying to keep clear. After a pretty exciting downwind with kites up and down multiple times, we patiently waited for the perfect time to pass her cleanly and take the race.
Our loss today came in our first race of the day against Taylor Canfield. The deciding factor in this race was pretty much the start where we unfortunately were a little bit back from the line and close to windward. This meant he was able to tack with us, resulting in us doing a double tack, which are very costly in these boats.
Results for Group 1:
So overall an ok day but we need to step it up tomorrow with four tough matchs that we need to do well in if we want to advance to the next stage.
Over and out,
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