After a lot of time spent two boat training this spring, we were eager to get racing! Our first European event and second event ever together was the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, The Netherlands at the end of May. The purpose of adding this event was to qualify for the 2018 Sailing World Cup Series, since our ranking wouldn’t qualify us for a position. We had to be top 4 female teams (the regatta was open).
We started the event off a little slow (or too fast!) with Day 1 bringing big breeze and short steep chop across the course. We had a breakdown on our vang and a capsize in race one followed by a keeper race and what was supposed to be a second keeper race until we nailed a big wave head on on the final run which cost us another capsize.
Even tho it was a “bad” day in our books, we set a standard for our results in the second race. We knew we were top 5 players. The rest of the week was forecasted for lighter breeze in the 8-14 knot range, conditions we are confident in.
We continued to produce top 7 results for the rest of the week, but set ourselves back with bad starts. This made for inconsistent results, adding some low to high teen results to the mix. With good speed and tactics were able to claw back a lot, but overall bad starts held us back from consistent top 5 results.
Our goal was to make the medal race at the end of the week. With some drama of a bad race and a OCS on the last day of qualifying, we still managed to qualify for the medal race in 8th place.
We were SO excited for our first medal race series. The series is 3 races with the top 10 boats on a very short windward leeward course with boundaries. The course is narrow, meaning boat handling is a crucial component to success. Steph had never done a medal race before and Maggie had done one. Our goal was to hold onto 8th (big point separation to 7th) and SEND IT. We are very happy with our results of 3,6,8 and learned so much from our first medal race series. These results helped us hold onto 8th overall and proved that our hard work on boat handling this spring paid off! With this result, we received an invite to the 2018 Sailing World Cup Series!