Practice was paramount to our success this week at the Star NAs. John von Schwarz and I had the opportunity to get almost a week of sailing together in San Diego before we headed to Newport Harbor for the Baxter Bowl for a tune regatta to the North American Championships.
We felt like we had consistently good boatspeed and in general made good decisions. I had a slight mishap in Race 4 with an OCS, and had we finished well in that race, as things were looking before we had to sail off the course, things might have gone differently. What is certain is that we probably got a little too conservative after the OCS hit the scoresheet. Our starts were less aggressive and our sailing style was much more of a ‘comeback mode’ as opposed to the aggressive mode we had been in earlier.
Regardless, we learned heaps about our boat and each other this week, and I think are well positioned to make a nice run at the District 5 Championships in San Diego in July and the World Championships in San Diego in September. Lots more racing to come, and the good news is: thanks to the result at the NAs, we’re qualified for the Worlds! That’s no easy task, and was certainly a major priority this week.
I want to commend the NHYC membership and staff for putting on a fantastic week of sailing. They were wonderful hosts and hopefully the Star Class comes back there soon! Our host family the Kelly’s pulled out all the stops for us and were as instrumental in our victory as anything! Thanks to them as well. Congrats to Brian and Gregg on a great regatta.
Results are below. I’ll get back with photos of the event if I can find some.