Saturday, July 31, 2010

A game of inches

Anders Myralf is amazed at the closeness of the RC 44 class. “The difference between the top and bottom is this close,” said the Danish helmsman, holding his thumb and forefinger less than an inch apart. “Today was nice sailing, but we had tough results. We just didn’t feel … we just weren’t lucky.”

After opening the fleet racing yesterday with three bullets in four races, the Team 17 crew slipped to third today after posting a 5-4-5-10. They now have 32 points and trail first place by 11 points.

Our second entry in the series, BMW ORACLE Racing, with guest helmsman Maxim Logutenko of Russia, had a steady day with finishes of 4-6-6-5. They hold fifth overall with 43 points.

With three races planned to wrap the regatta tomorrow, neither crew is so far behind that it can’t make up significant ground. As Myralf said, “We’ll come back tomorrow.”