The pole is set, the winds are blowing...opening race day of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour has finally arrived ladies and gentlemen.
Having arrived 3 days ago in Langenargen, Germany for Stage 1 of the AWMRT - Match Race Germany - the boys were able to jump on the water right away and get dialed in on the Bavaria 40's they'll be racing at this notoriously shifty and light venue shadowed by the Swiss Alps.
Day 1 of racing on Thursday opened up with super light conditions meaning the team was waiting all morning for a postponement flag to drop. With the wind still very light on a glassy Lake Constance, the team faced Australian Keith Swinton in race 1. With a lead at the weather mark, US One unfortunately sailed through traffic and gave up the lead to start 0-1.
Rebounding like they always do, races 2 and 3 were points in the win column with wins over Nicolai Sehested of Denmark and German Carsten Kemmling.
After waiting 5 flights, the team finally got back out for the last match of the day as the umpires decided to squeeze it in at 1900 hrs.
Dan Morris described the 4th race of the day: "We led in our 4th race against David Gilmour for the first 2 legs in very light air. At the bottom of the first run, while the breeze dropped and shifted right, we were forced to sail on starboard below boats in another match. We stayed low to soak into the mark while affecting Gilmour's breeze at the same time.
The next beat was nearly a fetch with the winds shifting. Unfortunately, we dropped the kite too early at the bottom mark and lost enough momentum that Gilmour was able to luff us after rounding and draw 2 penalties."
Sitting even at 2-2, Dan says the team is gearing up for more Round Robin racing tomorrow and mark up a few more bullets.
"We're feeling better in the boats by the minute, but we need to keep improving to get the result we want at this event."
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