the world champions of the world
Well, we didn’t make it easy on ourselves but we held on. Ian Southworth sailed extremely well over the last three races to make a full charge at us, we helped him out a lot by hacking up the first race today, losing three boats on the run to the finish to put the end result in doubt. You may have seen our report from the second day, when I talked about losing three boats at the weather mark. I call this “points left on the course”. Points you had that you blew. We could have sailed in after our poor first race today as champiions, instead we left the whole thing up in the air. For anyone that sails a lot, this is an incredibly important lesson: even in a long series, there are little points that you say “coulda, whoulda, shoulda”, those are the points that will make the difference down the road. Don’t give up on any points you’ve gained, keep pushing all the time, EVERY point makes a difference. If we had only lost two boats the second day we could have sailed in. If we’d only lost two boats on the run the first race we could have sailed in. Frustrating.
Enough ranting, anyone that sails with me knows I whine incessantly, for better or worse (and you can guess which one it is, though most still want to sail with me). Tim did an unbelievable job, total calm within the storm (anyone that sails with him knows there isn’t a whole lot of noise from the back of the boat), very fast and particularly high upwind, great concentration and effort. We used a chartered Italian boat from builder Paolo Boido (a truly class guy, deal with him if you can, if not go straight to Dunes) that was very comfortable all the way around the course, having confidence in the boat helps in a lot of decision making. John Mollicone in cockpit made the comment “who would have ever thought I’d win a Worlds trimming?”.
Well, he did, very capable upwind getting the genoa (and jib in the breeze) in better than almost everyone (after never doing it), and calling all the shots downwind (while, as expected, I whined about what he was doing, catching the theme?). Gordy Borges, our bow guy (and former WC with Brad Read) was the glue that held the package together, the guy that does the bottom, makes the sandwiches, does the rig, all the crap that no one wants to do, and always with a smile (I think). Dan Rabin, a Lightning stud and newer member to the team, joyfully sat below in all the rain (though today it was sun all the way around) and light air (porn not included), never complained and soaked up the experience (if not the sunshine), the perfect complement for a bunch of guys that sail the boats way too much.
For the rest of the fleet, there was a mish-mash of results. Former champion Andrea Casele, though quick, had a couple bad races but held on for third overall. Mauricio Santa Cruz, defending champion, won two races but struggled for consistency. Tony Parker was always fast but suffered a BFD in the last race to drop him to 6th after entering the day 2nd, a tough finish but a testament to Tony and his team for sailing a strong series. Mike Ingham also fell victim to the black flag, he had moments of pure brilliance but consistency was not in the books and he ended falling out of contention today. Overall, thought, a good showing from almost every country represented.
I’m really glad this came together, not so much for me, because I have been lucky enough to sail with really good teams and have had success, but for the rest of the guys on our team. I love the whole crew aspect, gathering diverse people and getting the most out of the mix. We were fortunate; we sailed very well for several days and had success. This doesn’t always happen, I’ve finished 2nd three times and the bitter pill is tough to swallow. These guys busted their asses, they got the results. I’m really proud, and glad, to have gotten the chance to sail with them. Results here.