SA Sailing’s Sailor of the Year Award winner Dominique Provoyeur writes from Miami with the latest on Team Isigunguy’s progress in Florida USA, in the team’s quest for Olympic participation:
Another solid day on the water for the South Africans. We have moved up to 11th overall, just one position off the medal race. We had 3 races today, after just one hour delay due to lack of wind.
The breeze started off around 6-7 knots from 135 degrees for the first race and gradually swung around to 160 degrees and building up to about 10 knots in the afternoon, with plenty of 10 degree shifts thrown in the mix to keep things interesting!
We sailed a bit more consistent than yesterday, finishing up with a 13th, 16th and 4th. We made a few silly errors at corners and still need to be more aggressive at the top and bottom marks. Protect our place more, maintain the position.
The overnight leaders, the Chinese skipper Song Xia Qun, from Qingdao, host city for the Olympic Games, had a tough day and has dropped to 9th overall and British Skipper and present world Champion has taken the lead after 5 races.
Ekatarina Skudina (RUS), the European Champion is in 2nd and 2005 World Champion, Monica Azon is in 3rd. USA’s Rolex Woman Sailor of the Year, Sally Barkow is in 10th position.
With plenty of racing still to go a lot of things will still happen, but one day at a time for us….!
Tomorrow we have 2 races scheduled in not much breeze again, we fight another day.