Tough Start at Master De España 2009 for Black Swan Racing
Due to bad weather we only managed to sail one race yesterday which was against Portugal's Alvaro Marinho. In light conditions we lead off the start line and around the first windward turning mark. Unfortunately we lost out on the downwind leg and despite being close throughout the race we couldn't re-gain the lead.
Today's weather allowed a full days racing with conditions ranging from 5-15 knots. We had a tough day loosing out in 3 very close races to Phillipe Presti (French Match Racing Team), Ian Ainslie (Team Proximo) and Perre A Morvan (French Match Racing Team). This was disappointing as we felt there were opportunities in all races to better our position but we couldn't quite make it happen. Our score card reads 3 wins-4 losses with wins against Alexis Littoz (France), Rui Boia (POR) and David Chapman (AUS). With only a small number of races completed on day 1 it looks like the RC will stick to a limited format of 1 round robin and semi finals. We have 3 more races to complete in the round robin and hope to string together some wins to improve our chances of making the semi-final stage. It is also important for us to learn and develop sailing in a five man configuration for future regattas.
Black Swan Racing would like to thank our following supporters.
South of Perth Yacht Club
Brian Kerman from Kerman Contracting
Brad Abbott from Abbotts PTY LTD Chartered Accountants
Musto Australia and Scott Olney from Musto Western Australia/Liquid Leisure Agencies
Philip Ericson from Trendmark Sweden Agent for Musto
The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation
Black Swan Racing
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