We won the bronze medal today at Nations cup defeating Mandy Mulder (NED) 2-1. All smiles at the Aussie camp, the team feeling pleased with their improvement in the new and challenging conditions of 8-10 ft waves and 18kts
We’re pleased with how things went on the water today. We had similar conditions to yesterday first up in the morning but then it got pretty light for our last two races of the day. Getting the two wins in the light races was really important for us as we’ve been working on those conditions and have improved a lot in that area recently. We had a great race against the world number one Claire Leroy. We managed to get a penalty on her in the pre-start and then stayed in front for the rest of the race which was good.
We now have a day off before while the last semi-final position is decided before getting back into racing on Saturday. Finishing first in the round robin is a big advantage as we can choose who we would like to race against in the semi-finals.
We’re off the water tomorrow with fourth through to seventh place racing again for the final spot in the semis, so we’ll have a look at that and then get ready to go racing again on Saturday.
The ONLYRacing Team have made a strong start to the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
We ended day one with four wins from five races and are currently fourth overall, behind three crews who won all of their races.
Lu provided the commentary for the press today -
"We had great conditions on the water today with a gusty 10 to 18 knots for racing. Four wins and a loss is a solid start to the regatta so we’re pretty happy with where we’re at. The conditions were very volatile and really shifty today and you couldn’t miss a beat so to come out of it with four wins was good. We had a good race against Genny Tulloch of America where we were both over at the start and had to return to the line. Tulloch then got a penalty for not being on the course side and trying to get a port and starboard so it was a really positive race for us. We’ve got four more races scheduled for tomorrow and the plan is to build from today’s effort and we are looking forward to some tight racing.
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"We're all feeling fresh after our break, having spent a bit of time in New York and are looking forward to getting back into racing," said Whitty. "We've had two good solid training sessions here in Sheboygan to work on a few technical things before racing begins on Wednesday.
"It's definitely a benefit having raced here only two weeks ago and feeling comfortable in the venue, though the conditions will be quite different this week with more swell.
"This is our last event before the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in December so it will be good for us to put into practice what we've been working on as a team and get closer to our performance goals" .
We are now back in Sheboygan ready t sail in the Nations Cup Grand Final after a short holiday in New York city where we had our first real break since leaving Australia back in April.
The ISAF Nations Cup is a global competition to find the world's top match racing nation in open and women's events, while also promoting and developing the sport of match racing in sailing. The 2011 Nations Cup included seven regional finals, from which the top teams will compete in Sheboygan. The competition will see some of the finest sailors from across the globe mixing it up along the Lake Michigan shore in identical one-design class sailboats for this culmination of a series of eight match racing regattas that started in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on 24 March.
Defender - Claire Leroy (FRA)
Host - Genevieve Tulloch (USA)
South America - Juliana Senfft (BRA)
Europe II - Mandy Mulder (DEN)
Wild Card - Rita Goncalves (POR)
Oceania - Olivia Price (AUS)
Europe I - Katarzyna Pie (POL)
Asia - Ru Wang - (CHN)
Africa - Dominique Provoyeur (RSA)
North America - Sharon Ferris-Choat (CAN)