>Yesterday I was on the water with the J/24, Lightning and Snipe on course Charlie. It was a long day out on the water but proved to be a good day for USA. Staying on shore today, it was nice to see results online were coming in fast. Best place to start is http://bit.ly/PAGresults and click on today’s date (Oct 19th).
Today showed difficult conditions as sailors were dealt some of the lightest conditions of the event. “The conditions were very tough out there today,” said Clay Johnson in the Laser. “I was in a pack of boats where if one shift or situation played out, it would have made the difference between 2nd vs 8th place.” There is some tight competition in the Olympic Laser Class, nothing gets left on the table in a small 13 boat fleet.
USA had a good day. Our Hobie 16 team went 3-3 after a frustrating capsize yesterday. The J/24 team stayed strong as well, sailing a 1-3 to regain the top spot in their fleet. They are battling with Brazil and Argentina for the top spot.
Also sailing a strong light air event is Farrah Hall, RS:X Women’s sailor and US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics member. She said a 3-2 today which will keep her in 3rd overall, only 2 points from 2nd.
This venue has very gracious hosts in Paradise Village and Puerto Vallarta Yacht Club. The boats have been going in and coming out of the water without much hassle. A big thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who are helping to support the Sailing venue for Pan Am Games 2011.
Tomorrow is a reserve day for our athletes, which many will take the day to relax and perhaps visit the Beach Volleyball courts to cheer on both USA men and women.