At the Helm: Sail for Gold Morning Briefing, Day 4

Ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? That’s what Weymouth feels like this last week… cloudy, cold, rainy, windy. That’s the forecast for the day. Welcome to England in June!

The US Team had a decent, not great day yesterday. We still rolled up some solid scores in a few areas, notably in Radial, Finn, Skud, 470W and our match racers made it into the gold round. But in a few other classes a couple of different decisions might have led to lots of points being saved. We left some points out on the race course yesterday, and we need to be better about that.

Overall, the team is in good spirits, but we are not in the back half of the event, and in many classes today is the first day of gold fleet (which means a large fleet like Laser, which was randomly split in half each day will now be split based on the scoreboard… top half goes through to gold fleet, everyone else will travel in steerage class and compete in silver. It works just like “making the cut” in golf.”)

So once fleets split into gold and silver, the scores can change because now all the top people are racing together. In addition, it is going to be windy and rainy today, so we’ll see who wants it most.

Early starts are scheduled for today because the weather is supposed to get very nasty this afternoon. Keep an eye out for some early scores today.

That’s it for now… the team is working hard, and working together. Today is a big day.

Sail fast,

Dean Brenner

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