GBR Blind Sailing Get Off To a Solid Start at The Blind Fleet Racing Worlds.
Sheboygan Yatch welcomed 14 teams from 5 country's from around the World with all teams under the control of Richard Reichelsdorfer.
Great Britain under the coaching of Steve Irish got off to a great start.
B1's were first out on to the water with a 10 o'clock warning signal, but the wind was not set for a 10 o'clock start. The breeze was light coming from the north east 2-4 knots, with a long day of racing for all countries the race team tried to get a few races away but was not to be. But the sea breeze filled in at noon from the southeast 4- 5 knots.
The line was short making for an interesting battle for the B1's. GBR Sharon Grennan had a poor start seeing them hit the Australia team, which added to the poor start seeing them do their turns. But with heads out the boat looking for shifts and keeping the boat moving in the light airs GBR pulled back through the fleet to 3rd. A great example of not giving up.
The breeze continued to fill in building to 6-8 knots this saw the B2 and B3's released to start afternoon racing.
B2 are a new crew under the control of Ben Hazeldine, the B2 teams were battling from the 3 minutes but GBR got a good clear start and held their lead up the first beat. With the wind still light the down wind let took concentration but GBR B2 kept calm and took a 1st. Due to the forecast the race officer put on another three races, GBR continued to control the fleet taking four 1st.
B3 teams sailed four races, with B3a team under the control of Jonny Cormack they made a good start with all teams giving each other room, the team made good work of the light breeze seeing them take two wins, the next two races saw a bit more tight racing with the GBR just being on the wrong side of the shifts but getting a 3rd and a 2nd.
B3b team are under the control of Justin Smith seeing the team take part in their first worlds, it is safe to say they put their practice to work seeing a solid first race taking 2nd. The team continued to work hard with the wind building slowly, race three saw them clear in the lead but a moments laps of concentration they missed the spreader make and had to go back. But a solid first day with a 2,4,3,1.
The winds are due to be light tomorrow, but hope for the sea breeze to build.
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