Over this weekend the Redline Racing boys have been in a small town in Poland called Kamien Pormorski competing in the Sopot World Match Racing Tour Qualifier Event. For the event the team was lucky enough to be joined by Australian Sailing Squad member and 49er crew extraordinaire Rhys Mara who sailed as trim for the event. The event was sailed on Tomm 28s, again boats the team had never sailed before. They are quite similar to a BW8 but a bit more manoeuvrable and a slightly smaller spinnaker.
The competition at the event was the strongest of any on our tour to date with all the other teams having had a fair bit of experience on the Tomm 28s as well as some on the world tour. This didn’t faze us though and we worked hard to learn the boats quickly and soon found our feet. This showed in our first race against the second ranked skipper at the event, Lindberg from Finland where we took him by surprise, putting a penalty on him and winning the race. We had a solid first day with 5 wins and two losses but we still were struggling to find speed when the wind was up.
The second day brought very similar conditions and some tough opponents. Some mistakes in the prestart meant the team received some costly penalties and finished the round robin on 5-5. This was enough to qualify us for the first to two point quarter finals where we were picked by world number 8 Tarnaki from Poland. His experience showed controlling us on the first prestart. We sailed hard though, managing to pass him on the last upwind but in the light patchy breeze he managed to roll us on the penultimate gybe to the finish meaning a lunge for the line on the final gybe where he took the race by less than half a boat length. In the next race again, a small error in the prestart meant a small advantage to him off the line. He managed to capitalise on it and even when we managed to close the race up to a single boat length he managed to hold us off to the finish. A disappointing end to a regatta which showed so much promise to the team. Even though then team feel we could have done better, we learnt many lessons and some new tricks acquired.
We would like to thank Rhys for taking the time to come and sail with us between his hectic 49er schedule. We wish him the best of luck in his trip to Rio in two days’ time where he will compete in the Olympic Test Event! Hopefully we can get him on the boat again sometime soon!
For now, the boys are off to Tallinn, Estonia for the Tallinn Open Cup which starts on the 25th of July. There we will meet up with Josh Marks from Sydney who will be sailing with us in a few more events over the summer here. Not to mention it is Patrick’s 21st birthday on Wednesday!
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