Paul Cayard at the Farr 40 Worlds

A brief update from the Warpath tactician

Friday April 18th 2008, Author: Paul Cayard, Location: United Kingdom
Another beautiful day off Miami Beach... 10-15 knots of wind and a lot of sunshine. That sounds so nice and pleasant. For the teams that were racing in the Far 40 Worlds, it was anything but nice and pleasant. I have never been in a war and I certainly would not think it was like a real war, but as a figure of speech; It was more like a war out there.

The fleet is so competitive and so tight that there is never a moment of peace. There is always someone coming at you, tacking on you or yelling at you.

Imagine that one boat finished 29, 1, 25 in today's racing. You think that is a mediocre team that got lucky in a race? Wrong. That is Nerone, 2003 World Champions.
We did not have a good day; 24, 11, 8.. We made some mistakes, did not go overly fast and did not have any real luck. So that makes a struggle. The best thing that happened to us was when we got back to the dock, someone handed me the scores. I was afraid to look. Actually, we moved up one place. Amazing. In fact, we are just one point out of 7th as the three boats in front of us are all tied.

Mascalzone is still leading and Joe Fly is second. Both boats are from Italy. Barking Mad is third from the USA.

Anyway, that is just short term satisfaction. We need to get our act together here, pronto. Tomorrow's forecast is similar to today...10-14 knots from 070.

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