Writing to gsport from Key Biscayne in Florida, Miami, Isigungu skipper’s Dominique Provoyeur tells of a disappointing final day at the 2008 Rolex Miami OCR:
Well to cut a long a painful day short, we had the best start in the fleet in the first race, but couldn’t seem to stay ahead. We took a long tack out on port as we thought this was the lifting tack, but in doing this we allowed to many of our competitors to get off our left hip.
With the left still strong, we lost many boats as we struggled to get to that side. We ended up staying in the middle of the course too much for the race, which didn’t help our position overall.
Race 2 for the day, we got off the line cleanly with a nice gap above and below us. We managed to stay on starboard for as long as we wanted, and were in good shape for the long port tack into the mark. We rounded a close 3rd, with the pack right on our heals.
Downwind, it was a long starboard pole, as it has been all week so we hung in until all four boats around us gybed out. By staying on just a little longer, we had clear air and managed to catch up to the other two in front of us.
All the way up the second beat we stayed in touch with Sally Barkow, but should have rather stuck closer to the two in front and protected the left. We didn’t loose anything, but looking back, it was a bit risky.
The final downwind of the regatta was very long, with only about 2 – 3 knots of wind, the heat was taking its toll. We missed our opportunity to gybe out ahead of the boats around us, and continued too close to the layline for the finish.
We lost a fair amount of distance, and put ourselves under pressure. Together with some uncertainty, we gybed too many times and with no boat speed or pressure, this was our fatal mistake. We lost four places to end the race in 6th and 14th overall.
Overall, I think we have learnt plenty to take into the next event – Yngling Women’s World Championship that will be sailed here in Miami from February 8-15.
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