>Easter Sunday Successes on Day 1 of French Sailing Week

>Lots of action today from the southern coast of France!  It was setting up to be a wild first day at French Sailing Week, one with wind, and some crazy waves.  Watching from shore, you get an interesting perspective on how the day is going to turn out.  Sally Barkow and teammates, Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham and Alana O’Reilly set the pace this morning, going 3-0 in their first matches of the opening round robin of WMR.  Team Barkow’s second match paired them with (Palma Finals Opponent) Silje Lehtinen.  In the back and forth contest, Team Barkow won after some close racing and a few penalities.  Since Women’s Match Racing is usually the first start every day (we will get back to this), our athletes got the momentum moving along for USSTAG.

Next up were the 49ers where we were able to catch Erik Storck and Trevor just before launching in this video interview:

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After coming back to shore with a 3,1 in their first two races, they showed that Easter Sunday was going to be a good start to the event.  Clay Johnson and Rob Crane both went 8,4 in different Laser fleets and Erin Maxwell and crew Isabelle Farrar went 8, 11 in the 470W.

Now we have 4 Star teams competing at this event, and from shore you could see that the conditions were lumpy out there.  The boats were pitching up and down noticably but that didn’t stop George Szabo/Mark Strube and Andrew Campbell/Ian Coleman from racing two solid races each to sit second and third respectively in the standings.

With all the other classes finishing well, it turned out to be a great Easter.  Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for lighter conditions so event organizers moved the start times ahead to 9:30am for some classes.  The WMR teams won’t be the early birds to the docks tomorrow as each course PRO will try to get some early races off before the winds are supposed to die to a weak sea breeze.

I am looking forward to tomorrow’s early morning action and hope the streak continues for all USSTAG and USA teams straight through to the podium on Friday!

Sail Fast,
Dave Johnson

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