Today was Measurement Day. Sometimes this day can be a bit nerve-wracking if you have made a change to your Boat that the Measurers do not interpret “the change” the same way you do. However, we have not made any changes in a very long time, and the Boat has been measured multiple times at International Events, so – no problems! (Note: the Boats are all “one-design” meaning that they are all the same and you can only make very slight modifications within the rules).
The remainder of the day, like the other 14 Teams –all of us side-by-side at the Venue with a lot of friendly jousting, but the underlying competitive juices are starting to peek through the cracks, was spent double and triple-checking all our equipment to make sure there is no room for failures in any of our ‘’operational systems”. This is always important, because especially here, in Weymouth/Portland - the winds can be ferocious, to say the least, putting extremely heavy loads, or pressure, on your Boat. We know this from experience as we have broken a lot of equipment here when training and racing here over the last two years!
Anyway, the Team did a great job preparing the Boat….and Opening Ceremonies are tomorrow night in London! So exciting, and here is our rumbling speedster…..
Best practice day in quite a while today! We were fast! Wind started at 10 knots, then quickly jumped to 22 knots as we sailed directly at huge Portland mountain with swirling around both sides of it – very shifty necessitating very quick tacks – 20 degree shifts. (This mountain is so big it houses a prison inside the top of it!).
Performed very well in these practice races. Coach Betsy on board again today while Tom getting through his nasty cold. Tomorrow is Measurement Day – we measure “in” boat, sails, safety equipment for at 9:00 a.m., then go practice.
Reception with local dignitaries last night. See picture with Mayor of Portland – a very sincere and delightful lady. Great USA Team dinner tonight at “The Crab Shack”.
Beautiful day of sunshine today – a rarity in jolly ‘ol Weymouth/Porttland !
We had practice races this afternoon against NOR, ISR, GBR, GER, AUS, IRL and several other countries in 20 knots of breeze from the South. Everyone continues to go up and down the 4 mile race course bunched together, as it has been for the last year, with no one breaking away from the pack. We were fast downwind while racing but a snag in the steering system brought us in a bit early – being fixed right now by our ‘’bosun’’, Donny Brennan from Mobile, Alabama. Dinner with greetings from Mayor tonight.
Heavy winds and strong rain predicted for tomorrow!
After getting settled in our Village over
the last couple of days, we got the boat out on the race course for a
“shake-down” sail. Lots and of security here in the Village but
everything you could possibly need is here – great food, spacious
housing, laundry services, etc.
The Weymouth/Portland sailing venue,
which we have become very familiar with over the last two years, proved
no different today. A comfortable 17 knots of breeze from the Southwest.
Great sail until we noticed a “hair line crack” in our metal “ boom
vang support” part. So, back into the harbor we comfortably sailed to
get it fixed in time for tomorrow’s aftrenoon practice – better to find
the possible problem now, than next week’s racing!