AmericaOne Nautica 2000 Star Class World Championship:
Finally There Was Enough Breeze
Daily Report - May 20, 2000-
Finally, there was enough breeze to get out of the cockpit. Race 5 was sailed in 15-20 knots on a lumpy Chesapeake Bay. We had a good start midline and hung most of the way to the left while the extra breeze took care of the rest of the fleet. We rounded the top mark about 16th and stayed about that for the whole race. There was enough breeze today to thin out the lightweights and the good crews all found their way to the top. We finished 13th. We retain our place as third overall. Mark Reynolds won again today and (by my count) has won overall without having to sail the last race.
Today also sealed the qualifying side of things for us. There is some confusion whether six or eight countries qualify here but in any case we are 110 points ahead of the sixth qualifying country, so even if we didn't sail tomorrow we would be in the top six. Job done. This leaves us to protect our third place overall and chase after second place. We have a decent lead on the fourth boat, but it is not hard to be deep so we will have to play out cards carefully. On the flip side, second is only three points away.
The top 10 are:
USA Reynolds 8
CAN MacDonald 26
GBR Walker 47
ESP van der Ploeg 48
The boys are a bit sore tonight after a big hike today, but it is a good feeling to have achieved what we came here to do -- qualify NZ for Sydney.
Being in the position we are in now is a bonus. Hopefully we can finish strongly tomorrow.
Jamie and Gavin
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