From day one on the Tom28 yachts we felt confident with the size and mechanics very similar to our local bw8 yachts, this little confidence boost is what we needed against the seasoned completion for this strong grade 2 eventwhere the winner qualifies for the Sopot leg of the World Match Racing Tour.
See the entry list below:
1. Reuben Corbett – NZL ISAF Rank: 12
2. Mark Lees – GBR ISAF Rank: 23
3. Przemek Tarnacki Energa Yacht Racing – POL ISAF Rank: 26
4. Philip Bendon – IRL ISAF Rank: 30
5. Marek Stańczyk Rainmaker Racing Team – POL ISAF Rank: 31
6. Matt Jerwood Redline Racing – AUS ISAF Rank: 32
7. Lucas Lier – DEN ISAF Rank: 43
8. Patryk Zbroja Yacht Racing Team – POL ISAF Rank: 55
9. Rafal Sawicki GSC Yachting – POL ISAF Rank: 58
10. Lukasz Wosinski Delphia Sailing Team – POL ISAF Rank: 86
11. Piotr Harasimowicz HRM Racing - POL ISAF Rank: N/R (Wildcard)
Our event opened with 5 races off, this gave us a great opportunity to watch the other flights and see if any trends were present with the top mark in close proximity to the marina. We had our mate Jack Walker and his partner Ellie Bramley over from England to cheer us on for the first two days so it was nice to have some time to relax with them. Once we hit the water we had 5 flights on with the last two against the top two seed. We got knocked off by local legend Tarnacki but sailed well to beat Lees and Corbett. Towards the end of the round robin we found ourselves making some out of character mistakes falling short against Stańczyk and Sawicki. Both losses were very close and we were disappointed in how we sailed and wanted to make a better effort for the Quarter finals.
Finishing the qualifying in 4th we could not choose our opponent and got partnered with Stańczyk. Without any time to lose we went straight out to the race area. After a long wait we got our first race under way, we sailed well and got the win. After many wind shifts and another long wait we went out for the second race in a first to two points knock out. We again sailed well and lead around every mark with a reach to the finish when the race was abandoned. This was very disappointing since we were less than a minute from the semi-finals. At the end of the session we were on the water for 3 hours+ and walked away with a 1-0 score.
The next day we came out to finish the quarters and in the first pre-start our bow collided with his stern hard enough to put a small hole in his boat and lost a point in damage along with our damage deposit. Equalizing the scores back to 0-0. This set back got the crew fired up which brought out some of our best sailing yet, additionally Stańczyk started making mistakes by hitting the committee boat anchor line which ultimately cost him the race. After almost every race there was either a protest, redress or mediation for various incidents. This long quarter finals, in and out of the protest room had toughened us up for the semi and quarter finals.
We were picked as the weakest team by the regatta favourite Tarnacki, Once again the boys sailed well to lead the opening race with a penalty against the opposition only to see the abandonment flag again. By this stage we were ready for anything feeling like we had all the bad luck. We were mentally ready for a long finals series and brought our best sailing to win the semi-finals 2-0.
Our opponent for the first to 3 point final was Sawicki who dominated Corbett 2-0 in their semi final. Our team was full of confidence heading into the final after a tough finals series. From watching the other finals we had an idea on what Sawicki’s strengths and weaknesses were and thought we knew what was giving him the edge on the other teams. Once again the boys sailed an outstanding finals series to lead at every cross and every mark to take a convincing win 3-0. In the end our quarter finals took as long as the semi-finals and finals combined. If you have been following us on facebook I am sure you will know that the boys are stoked and are looking forward to the Sopot World Match Racing Tour Event in late July. Once again we thank you for following our progress and look forward to our next event in Helsinki starting in 3 day’s time.
Matt, Alex, Patrick and Mark