Worlds Day 1 Report

The first day of racing at the first-ever 49erFX World Championships has come and gone!

We were postponed for about 2 hours onshore due to the lack of breeze, but at about 3pm we headed out while the 49ers were finishing their second race. For both of our races the wind was about 4 knots and there was a fair bit of mixed chop. I hooked onto the trapeze once or twice in the first race but most of the day I was hugging the mast.

We had a solid first day, no amazing scores but nothing that we are too anxious to drop either – a 13th, and an 11th. We weren’t close enough to the line on the first start and had to do two tacks to get clear air, but then we stuck to our game plan and went left, which worked. In the second race we had an awesome start, right on the line and punched out. In both races we had good speed all around the course and good upwind tactics. Improving our downwind tactics will help us so that’s our next focus.

We are currently 22nd overall (out of 52 boats) but honestly that’s hardly worth reporting as it is so early in the regatta. We still have two more days and up to 7 more races before the qualifying series is over.
Time for some homework and rest!

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