Daily USSTAG Updates from Hyeres
Wind, Where Art Thou?
Hyeres, France (April 28, 2010) – To race or not to race? That was the question today for race officials at Semaine Olympique Francaise, the fourth of seven events in the 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup series. Hyères, France is known for its howling wind, but this week’s unusual light air has been better for tourists than Olympic class sailors. Sailors have yet to get in one consistent, start-on-time, multi-race day, so patience has been the name of the game. With the qualifying series ending tomorrow before the top-ten Medal Races on Friday, sailors must make every race count in order to stay in the top of their respective fleets.
Sailors spent the day waiting for wind, on and off the water, until late afternoon when the wind consistently filled in from the southwest. Then it was go time. Some classes banged out three races before the sun set in a 3-7 knot breeze.
USA saw several top-ten performances today: USSTAG’s Amanda Clark and Sarah Chin scored a three and nine in two of their races, positioning them in 10th place going into tomorrow. USSTAG’s Zach Railey and Bryan Boyd posted three solid scores today, and they now sit in ninth and 11th, respectively, in the Finn class. USSTAG’s Trevor Moore and Jonas Warrer finished sixth place in one of the 49er races today.
For the Women’s Match Racing event, the objective today was to even up the number of races sailed for each group so the fleets could be divided into Gold, Silver and Bronze for the finals. Genny Tulloch’s team finished in a three-way tie for third in the repechage, which meant a final 11th place score overall. The USSTAG team of Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Deb Capozzi are still heading to the Gold fleet Thursday, after their races were cancelled today.
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