After a slow start to the day, due to lack of wind, we began to head out to the race course around 10am for the start of racing at the 2011 Santa Maria Cup here in Annapolis, MD. It was a slow sail out to the race course, but the wind slowly filled in and was solid by the time racing got underway around 11am. The race committee did a great job of keeping up with the shifting breeze, its increases and decreases, and all the boat rotations to get in 8 flights (each flight consists of 4 races) by 6pm when they called it a day. Team Maclaren had a good day and finished with an 8-0 record leading into tomorrow's racing.
We had a couple of close races today, but nothing really too exciting. The course had mostly steady winds, so the boats were always within a few lengths of each other which ensured that making the correct decision was a 'must' with little chance of recovery from a mistake.
I think the forecast for tomorrow is similar to today's, so hopefully we will get a lot more racing. I think the intended plan is for us to finish up the second round robin and start the quarterfinals. You can check out the results at the regatta website: http://www.santamariacup.org/index.asp.
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