Over the weekend USA45 kept themselves busy! On the water, Sam Hallowell participated in the Blue Rush Summer Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Series Race in Sausalito. Charging hard in the last 200 meters, Sam found himself in 3rd, but an awkward wave had other plans, knocking Sam off of his board. After his recovery Sam ended up placing 5th overall and still managed to place 1st in his class. Way to go Sam!
We were also fortunate to be joined by two other local F18 crews over the weekend for some three boat training, where an emphasis was put on starting techniques and boat placement. Charlie Buckingham commented that it was productive and helpful to see the tactical situations that can unfold with high performance boats, adding that being able to practice time and distance was immensely beneficial. Crewing for Charlie B. was coach Charlie Ogletree. “It was good to have Charlie on board. As an expert catamaran sailor he helped a lot with boat set up and speed,” said Buckingham. Huge thanks to Ben Brown, crew Andrew, Charles Froud and his crew Jim for coming out for a fantastic weekend!
Off the water, the team continued to do boat work on their AC45 at ACRM. Being able to work on our boat is a huge advantage, as we are able to fully understand the intricacies of the 45, learning how each part works, and more importantly how to fix it if there were to be a break down in the future.
Greasing the winches, sanding the foils, tightening the trampoline and doing everything possible to make sure our boat is exactly the way we want it will be extremely beneficial to us once we start sailing the boats.