|Day 1, ESS Act 7 Cancelled - Big Winds/Waves||| Print ||
October 18, 2012
Today was the first official day of racing of Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series. Unfortunately, the weather did not co-oporate and after several failed attempts to set a course and get marks to hold in the deep water, big waves and an increasing breeze that produced gusts of 30+kts, teams were sent ashore under postponement before racing was cancelled for the day shortly after 4:30pm.
Anna was not on this boat but was out on GAC Pindar
Photo: Extreme Sailing Series Facebook Page
I arrived in Nice on Sunday and met the team as they arrived. We spent Monday and Tuesday morning getting the boat put together and ready for the water before practicing on Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday was a double practice session day. We practiced in both the morning breeze and afternoon breeze which are quite different. It was a great opportunity for us to get a feel for the two different breezes and gave us an insight (I hope) as to what we can expect for the races on Saturday morning.
Racing was scheduled for 3pm today so teams began to push off the dock shortly after 2pm. Once on the water and having got our sails up, we headed downwind towards the starting area. We did a loop of the course just to practice some boat handling and had an exciting bear away on our way back downwind (started digging in the bow), but managed to get the bow back out of the water and not capsize. Shortly after we got back down to the start area, the wind increased by at least five knots and that was when the race committee made the call to send us ashore.
Tomorrow's racing is again in the afternoon with the start line just off the beach to keep the racing close for spectators. The forecast is for big wind again, however slightly less than today. You can follow the racing live at the regatta website or by following@GACPindar on Twitter.
Anna: 4D's: "Dream,Desire,Dedication,Discipline"TM
Team Maclaren: 3P's: Passion...Performance...Perfection...TM
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.