Kiel, Germany (June 21, 2010) – Continuing the light air streak of recent ISAF Sailing World Cup events, sailors at Kiel Week, the sixth Sailing World Cup event in the 2009-2010 series, waited for the AP flags to be lowered today so they could get in another race. By the end of the day, only the 49er, 2.4 mR and the Women’s Match Racing fleets could finish racing. Light air is also forecasted for tomorrow, the last day of fleet racing before Wednesday’s Medal Races.
In a 59-boat 49er fleet, USSTAG’s Erik Storck and Trevor Moore posted a third in one of their two Gold Fleet races today, which was their best Sailing World Cup score yet. They finished 15th in the second race, positioning them in tenth going into the last day of fleet racing. The spread is tight: only four points separate the teams currently in third through eighth place.
Storck/Moore describe their two races today in their blog:
"In the first race we got off the line fairly well, but we lost our lane on starboard about 30 seconds after the start. While it can be highly tempting to tack out as soon as possible, we were patient enough to get the perfect hole to punch through the front row of starboard tackers into a beautiful lane. We were on the lifted tack and in pressure, enabling us to use our excellent upwind boatspeed to our advantage. The ability to escape after a mediocre start is tremendously important, especially in a fleet as deep as this one. It is not always the first one to tack that has the best escape!" Read more.
The light air and big chop made it challenging for Women’s Match Racing today, and USSTAG’s Genny Tulloch and her crew of Alice Manard and Jenn Chamberlain had the best day with a 2-1 in the Gold Round Robin. Tulloch defeated Lucy MacGregor’s team (GBR) in a close match, followed by another with fellow USSTAG teammates Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Deb Capozzi. While Team Tulloch “crushed off the starting line,” they got caught behind Australia’s Katie Spithill team, who was parked on Tulloch’s air, and Tulloch ended up losing by two feet.
“It was hard. You can have a big lead but you can never get far enough ahead on the downwind and stay ahead,” said Tulloch. “Our day could have been two feet better.”
Forty-four members of the USSTAG and US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) are competing at Kiel Week this week, among 5,000 competitors. Check out the USSTAG event site for the latest news, results, action photos from Fried Elliott, and exclusive video interviews with the team. For up-to-the-minute team news, please follow the team on Facebook and Twitter.
More USSTAG and USSDT athlete reports from Kiel Week:
Peet Must and Carl Horrocks
Adam Roberts and Nick Martin