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Blind Fleet Racing World’s 2017, Day 4. GBR Are Getting To Grips With The Conditions

September 15, 2017

 

 

The team woke to glorious sailing conditions with the wind from the South 12 - 14 knots with a slight chop from the South East.

 

Teams all left the harbour on time to get a few training runs in before 10 o’clock, this was lucky as when GBR B2 did a test beat, their goose neck broke. But after a quick change of booms by the boson the team were back off to the start.

 

The B2 team showed good boat handling skills pre-start right to the gun, controlling their speed and handling each attack by the USA.  Canada had  good boat speed today against GBR giving them a tough time on the first beat, although strong and smooth boat handling skills saw GBR take the lead and keep the lead throughout the race.  GBR B2 had a solid day with 4 wins seeing them comfortably in 1st overall on Day 4.

 

 

The two B3 teams are close overall, and the wind stayed steady all morning.  Race 1 saw both teams OCS, seeing them both duck back under the line.  Both teams sailed hard and fast and fought back to a 1,2 at the top mark, where the positions stayed, a 1st for GBR B3a and a 2nd for GBR B3b.  Race two saw both teams again race hard, this allowed Canada to slowly catch up.  But both teams sailed close to the finish line seeing them cross on a photo finish.  They continued their day racing each other hard with GBR B3a getting a 1,1,3,2 and GBR B3b 2,2,1,1.