Sunday, May 30, 2010

Great race - tough loss

Well it was worth racing twice, even if that wasn't necessarily what either team wanted. A great match this morning in 17 to 20 knot westerlies. 

The turning point came at the top of the second beat when ETNZ came in from the right and threw a tight lee-bow tack at the BOR team. Instead of tacking away, Jimmy Spithill and JK tried to live there and did a pretty good job of it. 

Approaching the mark, but with both boats shy of the layline, Kiwi skipper Dean Barker threw a hard luff at BOR and the Umpires judged BMW ORACLE didn't do enough to keep clear, and issued a penalty. It was escalated to a Red Flag penalty when the Umpires judged BOR gained a controlling position through the foul. 

Then, to add insult to injury, the first penalty turn, slickly executed in the heavy winds didn't count - the Umpires saying the boat was too close to the mark when they did the turn. So a second turn had to be made - game over.

Despite the result it was a cracking match, and no doubt a good exercise for the team as it regains its match racing 'muscle memory'.

Unfortunately, it puts BOR in a precarious position on the leaderboard with just one point and only two races left.