Scarlino Match Race, Italy

Scarlino Match Race, Italy

Monday January 30 2012 Author: TeamWightMatch Location: Italy

The first event of the 2012 for Team Wight Match (TWM), looking forward to putting all we have learned in our first real year in match racing into practice in 2012 and continue our climb of the world rankings.

Dan, Sam and Ed
Catalogue pose onshore

We flew to Pisa, hired a car and drove south to the Tuscan coast. With a lack of wind we found a fantastic place for lunch and planned our day. By 1400 the wind had filled in and we managed to get a valuable  few hours of training on the water. By 1600 the light was fading and the wind dying we headed in. Next challenge, find our accommodation! We drove around in the area we thought it was for a while before deciding to to use Ed's google maps, this took us on an unbelievable wild goose chase, off road and into the mountains! Dan's google map was more accurate but it still took us several hours to find the right road to a place we could see!

Saturday morning was a leisurely start, we got one race in winning against a Swiss girls team before the wind began to swing as forecast. The average race management took a while to get their heads around this before the rest of the days racing continued. The wind settled in at around 5-8 knots, shifty and patchy. As the day went on we finished evens on 3-3. A score we were disappointed in, a few very avoidable mistakes cost us dear but we certainly had plenty to take away from it.

Coming into the last day, it was noticeably colder and the breeze had picked up to around 15 knots. We had to win our remaining matches to stay in the competition. Our first match was a close on, lead changing all the way around. With a slick gybe set at the top we managed to cross the line first only to discover we had picked up a mystery penalty. The jury struggled to recall the incident never mind explain it and we felt most aggrieved! Now our exit was inevitable but we still had to race top seed Rosinsky Krzyszto (POL), a great match in which we lead the first lap but failed to protect the right as things tightened up on the second upwind. We paid the price and lost. We ended the event with a disappointing score of 3-5, we took a great deal from the event, do not leave it too long between match racing, more training required and we certainly know our way around Scarlino. We must thank Ed Hill for standing in for Tristan, doing a great job and we hope he will race with us again.

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