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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hyeres 2010 Regatta Recap

Team Go Sail Finishes 8th at SOF Hyeres

Team Go Sail Currently 4th in ISAF World Cup Standings

Dear Supporters,

We’ve just returned home from Hyeres, France, venue for the Semaine Olympique Francaise (French Olympic Sailing Week). This event is also stop #4 on the 2010 ISAF World Cup Circuit. We had another solid top 10, finishing 8th of 44 women’s boats.

Our trip to France began with pure chaos. We attempted to depart on the first day the ash spewing from the Icelandic volcano shut down European air space. Both of our first attempt flights were cancelled, sending us into a mad scramble to find some route to Europe. 5 cancelled flights and 6 days later, we finally found a roundabout backdoor entry. Flying New York to Miami to Caracas, Venezuela to Madrid to Nice, we arrived at the venue just two days before racing began. What was supposed to be a comprehensive 8-day training camp before racing was compressed into a total of 5 hours on the water. At least we would get to race!

Hyeres is a venue known for strong winds and challenging racing where only the strong survive. However this week, it was not meant to be. The sun was shining every day and temps around 75 made it feel like summer on the Cote d’Azur. It also meant there was almost never any wind. It took 3 full days on the water to get the first two races completed. We never saw the wind rise above 6-7 knots and most of the time we raced in 4-5 knots.

Scores bounced all around as the fleet had trouble with consistency in the fickle breeze. We raced very well but had an OCS in the second race of the series that would have been a 3rd. Without a drop to spare, we kept a 9, 3, 26, 9, 5, 11, 21, 4. Considering the conditions, arriving extremely close to the start of the event and taking an OCS early in the regatta we are pleased with another top 10 finish. We are firmly establishing ourselves as a consistent player in each World Cup Event.

Next up is the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Netherlands (Stop #5 on the 2010 ISAF World Cup Circuit). Barring any volcanic activity, we plan to arrive one week before racing to test a new mast. Our goal at this event will be a top 5 finish!

Team Go Sail would like to thank the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics!

Best,

Sarah & Amanda