Following the success from Nationals the team took 3 days off before commencing the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta. We welcomed back our big man Adam Dubbelman to run the pit for the week. Unfortunately with this addition our total weight was 10 kg over the maximum allowable weight, this was after fasting the day prior and doing a few runs in wet weather gear trying to sweat the weight out. This forced us to drop the last 10kg on the morning of the weigh in. There are a number of ways to do this, we decided to sit in Adams car with the heater on Maximum trying to sweat the weight out. Within two attempts the team had lost all 10kg. A special mention needs to go to Patrick who alone dropped 5kg! After successfully dropping the weight we could then rest in the afternoon replacing all lost fluids.
The Racing kicked off slowly with 3 losses in Round Robin 1 putting us in 4th position, we fixed some boat mechanics to smooth out the boat handling for the second round robin. This proved to be the difference with only 1 loss in the second round robin. The team was happy with how they sailed to improve throughout the round robin series and were ready to fire on the last and penultimate day. After both round robins 3 teams were on the same amount of wins and losses, ourselves, 36 Below Racing from New Zealand and Aschenbrenner Racing Team from Denmark. After looking at the count back system we ended up coming out in first position from the round robin series. This gave us the advantage in choosing opponent for the Quarter Finals and Semi Final.
We choose Jay Griffin’s Team who was skippered by replacement skipper Henry Kernot since Jay twisted his ankle on the day prior to the regatta. We were in the first start in a light and shifty easterly. Before the start we had already made a critical error in sailing upwind checking the coarse when we heard the horn for our start. We had to set the kite to ensure we made the entry for the start, we only just arrived in time for entry. Henry was right on time and sailed a brilliant pre start that had him set the kite to out manoeuvre us. We were second off the line and remained second for the entire race.
We had to switch on for race two. However, once again Henry sailed a great pre start putting us second place off the line. On the first downwind we managed to roll Henry and lead around the bottom mark, we both tacked out of the bottom mark in an attempt to cover Henry except we could not hold our lane. Henry then sailed away for a 2-0 victory. We were out of the Warren Jones, a very disappointed end. Chris Steel and his team in 36 Below Racing managed to take the win against Neptune Racing. Both teams sailed well. Difficult to watch the victory go without much of a fight on the last day, The teams will regroup and be back next year for the 2016 Warren Jones at RFBYC