On Wednesday we went out to the Marina Green training location in fog and a 5-10 knot westerly. The breeze was quite shifty and large pressure differences across the course made for challenging conditions. We warmed up with a couple laps on the course, practicing our pre-race routine that we will use during the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. From there we moved into starting practice with six other boats; every third start was a race, and we completed three cycles of this drill.
USA45 faired well in the races compared to the other teams. We were pleased with a steady improvement to our communication throughout the course of the training session. As we continue to refine our boathandling and straight-line speed, we are able to focus more on the tactics and have been attentive to the patterns that develop in catamaran racing as well as the conditions on our racecourse. Gaining local knowledge from Craig Healy and Dee Smith has helped speed up the learning process in a venue where current, wind velocity, and wind shifts are all important.
The excitement for the upcoming event is palpable; the next 10 days will undoubtedly be grueling, but we are all prepared to finish strong.
All the best,