Olympic Games London 2012 : Update from Team Maclaren
Friday, 03 August 2012
We had a short day of racing today with only one race sailed again on the tricky Nothe course. Despite a forecast that suggested rain showers and super shifty winds, the day proved to be beautiful and not quite as shifty as expected.
It was a come-from-behind win for us against Team Netherlands. After winning the start we wanted, and then realizing shortly thereafter that the plan was wrong, we made our goal to round as close as possible behind them to be able to attack downwind. We closed the gap by the leeward mark to round right on their stern. Up the second beat it was hard to pass so again we were focusing on being right behind them at the top. With a two length deficit at the top, we had our work cut out for us. We were able to match their first two gybes and close right up to their stern. They gybed back to starboard and we crossed behind them and gybed to leeward of them. This put us in the position of being able to hold them out beyond the pin layline. At that point, there was a bit of confusion on both boats as to the overlap (editor's note: which rule was applying) and if it was in play or not. In the end, both boats ended up earning penalties. We were able to douse and gybe first and lead into the finish to take the race win.
This win took our record to 6-3 overall with two races left. Tomorrow (Friday) we have a lay-day before we wrap up the round robin on Saturday.
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