After arriving yesterday and getting the boat weighed in and re-rigged, today was the first day of competitive racing. Twelve sailors were selected to sail in the event, with a few lucky entries being awarded the wildcard positions because of some regions choosing not to pick, fortunately, I was given the opportunity to be one of these participants.
The racing for the first section, which was not completed today due to a light southeasterly (Wellington’s pretty cold), is a round robin format. Essentially, there is one round robin which contains 11 flights because of 12 boats. In those flights, there are six races in which a match race occurs between two yachts. Today we got through 9 flights which were not bad considering the shifty and fickle breeze.
Over the day I had some consistent sailing, only dropping one race in a tough fought battle until the end with Thomas Mulcahy. Tough conditions with the added problem of seaweed (everywhere!!!) made for tactical yet variable racing. I had some rough moments in the boat but ironing out the creases before the Nationals has been a great opportunity. Tomorrow will be two more flights, and then the regatta will move into a finals series, exciting!