Green Acres

race report

Green Acres

GBR 49er aces Peter Greenhalgh and Chris Draper are beginning their quest for Weymouth Olympic Gold this year, this week at the 49er Worlds in the Bahamas.  Here’s Peter’s day 1 report:

Today we had an offshore wind with 45-degree shifts and pressure differences from 7 to 18 knots – needless to say, the racing was very up and down! We had a slight gear failure in the first race, putting us on our back feet, and ending up at 10th.  Race 2 we were leading halfway up the first beat, but we were unable to get the final half of it right, and took some losses before the top mark.  We finished a disappointing 7th after being hard in the hunt during the first lap.  Race 3, once again we had a good start but struggled to get the windward mark approach right, meaning we conceded places.  We finished that one tenth.

Overall, I suspect we’re around the 15th mark so we have some work to do.  Tomorrow we’ve got the same wind direction but more wind, so it be all to play for!