My crew John von Schwarz and I counted boats feverishly after we finished the final race of the Star Worlds yesterday. We could hardly savor the horns and cheers of congratulations from the many spectator boats as we crossed the line first because we were so keenly watching where the rest of our opponents were finishing and firming up the final positions.
We went into the final day of racing in 7th position. We could have dropped to 10th had things gone poorly, but the best-case-scenario was that we could move to 2nd. That would have taken a race win by us and a lot of luck that our competition stumbled in their final race. It was out of our hands except to go out and have a good race. John von and I started near the mid-line boat all week. It worked well in Race 1, 2, 4 and 5, so we figured we’d stick to the plan. We tacked onto port quickly after the start and spent the next 19 minutes sailing towards Point Loma. Staying out of the current and in the veins of pressure soon became the most important goal of the race as we neared the top mark. The wind got very wacky as thunderstorms floated over east San Diego county. For two legs Xavier Rohart was actually winning the regatta before sailing into a colossal hole and drifting back to a throw-out score giving us the 16 points we needed to catch him and pass him. All of the other great sailors just ahead of us at the beginning of the day tried desperately to find lanes of wind, but ultimately John and I got a great break go our direction. We won the final race and move all the way up the leaderboard to 2nd overall for the World Championship.
Big congratulations to Johnny Mac and Phil for a great regatta. We had a great time racing against them as always. We just wish we could have had a couple more!!! John said it’s taken 7 silver stars (continental or hemisphere championships) and something close to 20 blue stars (district championships) before he earned his gold star. For Phil, this is his second set of four gold bars. Having just won our first District championship last month, John von and I will have to be happy with a blue star and a few gold chevrons for winning the last two races at this worlds. I’m looking forward to another shot at the Gold star soon!
Thanks to SDYC for putting on a fantastic regatta, and even moreso to our great many fans out there on the race course and around the country. After all those years of campaigning this was one of the first times my family has been able to see us race. Thanks everybody for coming out. We’ve had so many great notes from people this week. Thank you all.