Action-packed morning on the Gulf
All the races today again had a big emphasis on the start and first shift, as it was a two-race day and therefore course B, the shorter 2-lap course was being used.
Match one on Romeo course was an important one for GBR Challenge and Victory Challenge, who were both going into the race on six points, in equal fifth place. The result of this race could be vital in the scrap for fifth place and the top position in the lower half of the draw for the quarterfinals.
The pre-start featured the classic dial-up, Orm entering from the boat-end on Starboard and GBR on port. After about two minutes both boats bore away and disengaged, to play time on distance back to the line. Beadsworth on GBR chose to lead back and were in a strong position, controlling Victory by luffing them towards the committee boat and giving them very little room to leeward. Wight Lightning won the start by four seconds, with Orm tight on her windward hip.
The Swedish worked hard and managed to live to windward of the Brits, lifting off them slightly and had gained a boat-length in the first two minutes. Wight Lightning then initiated a tacking duel to try and get back at Orm, who covered every tack, and defended their lead well, forcing the Brits to the port layline. Wight Lightning performed 11 tacks in total on the first beat, but once they ran out of runway and reached the layline, the Swedes could then sit on them to the mark and they lost another 2 boat lengths. Orm was 43s ahead at the top mark.
Victory Challenge then sailed a good race, defending their lead, and remained a similar distance in front of GBR Challenge for the rest of the race, winning by 1min 01s.