San Francisco, CA
Around 2pm today racing got underway at the 2011 Maclaren/ Laser Performance Heavy Weather Slalom. I had a good day despite only sailing one race. After having a bye in the first round, I won my race against Luke Parker to advance to the next round. Tomorrow I start against Scott Ferguson, the 2009, 2010 Master Laser World Champion and designer for Oracle.
The fog lingered around San Francisco for a little longer than everyone would have liked which meant that it didn't quite get as windy as had been originally forecasted. But visibility slowly improved and the wind picked up to mid to high teens. For the majority of the day, the tide was flooding which made for a mostly flat race course but by the time my race came around, the tide had switched and the waves had kicked up quite nicely.
I made a mistake right off the bat, not realizing how much the current was flowing upwind. I started then tacked too late so had to reach back to the first mark. Luckily it didn't cost me too much and I was only a length or two behind at the top. On the reach and downwind, I made up the difference and pulled out a bit of a lead. I hiked hard up the second beat and pulled out a little more and held on for the win even though I had an 'almost' capsize.
I'm happy I did well. My boat handling will improve with more practice tomorrow. You can check out results at the regatta website: http://www.sflaserworlds.com/page/Slalom
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