Day 3 proved to be a pivotal day for team in terms of results and developments moving into the last day where all will be decided at the 2014 Monsoon Cup. The team started with a nail bitting finish against the Singapore team to sail behind all race and overtake on the final jibe to the finish. We then came on shore due to no wind and went out for one more race. This race was a sea of emotion for the team as we made a lot of unforced errors causing us to lose a very winnable race against the fired up local Malaysian team.
We had a lot of heated moments on the boat and the loss caused a few members to get understandably frustrated at the silly errors. We had a long discussion at lunch and re structured a few mechanics as well as confirming the various roles. We lost the next race and finally re grouped to win the last 3 races. We ended the day on 4 wins and 3 losses. The team needs to recharge the batteries after a very long day and come out all guns blazing tomorrow on the final and penultimate day.
The redline boys expected more wind today as we ate breakfast with a howling breeze blowing. This was not to be as the wind died to almost nothing by noon. The race committee managed to squeeze two races in the morning session to finish the round robin off. The team used the rules well in race one to force a penalty on the opposition before the start and sailed away for the win. See the Redline Racing facebook page for a short video of this manoeuvre in the dying seconds of the pre start.
The second race saw the team dominate the start until the final seconds when we let the opposition slip away to a 3 boat length lead. The team kept chipping away for all three laps and overtook on the final lap to take the win. We finished the round robin off with 6 wins and 1 loss.
The boys at redline racing have arrived safely in Terengganu Malaysia for the 2014 Monsoon Cup where the winner will qualify for the final event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The team is treated like royalty with a team hostess, private meeting room, team driver to and from the accommodation and unlimited food and drink provided by the event organisers.
With the monsoon season just starting we have been inundated with heavy rainfall in the afternoons making dry clothes a luxury item worth fighting for after racing. Each night we walk/run through the rain to find the healthiest looking food centre for our dinner this is a good opportunity to breath in the culture.
From the racing side, the team have successfully rounded day one off with 4 wins and 1 loss. The strong tides coupled with the rain runoff have made it difficult to negotiate the 36 foot yachts in tight tactical situations. The team is looking to come our firing tomorrow for the final races of round robin 1 and round robin 2. Stay tuned and we hope to bring some on water photos soon.