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August 31, 2012
What an amazing day of racing yesterday was at the Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 in Cardiff, UK. I recently joined Team GAC Pindar as tactician, and after a few days of practice we hit the race course yesterday for day 1 of racing. The boys did an amazing job around the course with the boat handling, giving us very consistent results leaving us lying tied for second after the first 8 races.
Anna is on the boat somewhere
Photo: copyright Monica Diaz 2012 (from Facebook)
The course area is a long narrow course with half of the course underneath the city, and the second part opening up a little. The wind direction has been in the same general direction meaning we have reaching starts close to the city, race out to the open area, and then back.
Yesterday we completed 8 races in a three hour span. The course varied a little bit, but generally it was a reaching start on starboard, round a mark, downwind to a leeward gate, a couple windward leeward laps, beat back up to the top, and a reach back to the finish line. I think the races took around 10 minutes, especially in the earlier races. There were a lot of penalties given out around the course, and given the size of the course (the downwind leg took about 40 seconds), mark roundings got very interesting so a lot of quick thinking and planning ahead was required.
My job is to try and paint the big picture, call the strategy and keep an eye out for changes that we are going to have to make in our plans. The breeze was about 15-25kt yesterday on the open part of the course, and things were changing very quickly. But it was amazing racing and I had so much fun.
Racing continues through Sunday. You can follow Team GAC Pindar on their Twitter and check out the results on the regatta website.
Representing the USA, Anna Tunnicliffe won the Gold Medal in the Women's Laser Radial dinghy at the 2008 Olympic Games in Qingdao, China. Anna was the ISAF world's Number One-ranked women's Radial sailor from April 9, 2008 to May 2010. She was voted 2009 & 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year. Now Anna, skipper of Team Maclaren, has teamed up with Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi to take on the world and go for Gold in 2012 London Olympic Games in Women's Match Racing and the team is currently ranked #1 in the ISAF WMR rankings.