December 17, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog
We have just returned from a sunny successful trip to St Thomas, USVI. It was a grade 2 open match race event called the Carlos Aguilar Match Race, named in memory of Carlos, an extremely avid sailor and supporter of match racing in the virgin islands. Down there we sail IC24’s which are converted J24’s. they cut the J24 deck off and made them a lot more comfortable to sail and improve the deck space which makes them a joy to match race.
We completed a double round robin ranking us 2nd in the group just behind former America’s cup skipper Peter Holmberg. This lead us to race head to head with another former America’s cup helmsman Dave Dellenbaugh for the semi finals. We found ourselves down 1-2 in a first to 3 point series and in a desperate need of bouncing back, we re-strategized and determined we needed to be slightly more aggressive and precise during our pre-starts. These game plan changes lead us to two more race victories and a spot in the finals. Dave Perry, our former Olympic campaign coach, also earned a spot in the finals knocking out Holmberg. We sailed smart, smooth and fast during the finals and won the event with a 3-0 score against Dave Perry. Read the rest of this entry →
May 29, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog
Last week we competed in the second part of the US trials. This was a winner take all event, and unfortunately we got second. The event consisted of two series. In the first series we were matched up against Genny Tulloch and team. We won the series 6-4 to advance to the finals. In the finals we sailed Anna Tunnicliffe and team, and they were able to win the series 6-3. For a more detailed regatta report, check out our website, www.team7sailing.com. We are disappointed with how the event turned out, but want to say congrats and good luck to Anna, Molly, and Debbie for winning the event.
While we are still disappointed with how this event finished up, we are not finished. We will be competing at the Women’s Match Race World’s in late June in Sweden. Read the rest of this entry →
April 17, 2012 in Team Sperry Blog
Team 7 – April 2012
At the end of March, Team 7 Match Race went back to Cadiz, Spain for a second spring training session with the Brits. The breeze in Cadiz that week was outrageous—- with 20 – 30 knots everyday for six days. We had some interesting moments. While planing downwind in 25 knots, the boat all of a sudden rounded up and broached. We were questioning Sally’s driving skills, but then understood when we saw most of the rudder floating next to the boat. Our rudder had snapped off, and we had no steerage! The next day, we witnessed an epic wipeout by Team Macgregor that resulted in Lucy getting 10 staples in her head. (She’s all good now – and the staples have been removed.) Besides these couple of setbacks, our training was great. We really figured out all of our heavy air boat handling, and our downwind boat speed improved tremendously.
From Cadiz, we went to Palma to the Princess Sofia Regatta, the second ISAF World Cup regatta of 2012. Our regatta started off well, but didn’t end up as we were hoping. We had a great quarterfinals match up with Tamara Echegoyen from Spain, with her edging us out 3-1 to take the series and knock us into the 5-8 sailoffs. We ended up 8th and while we were disappointed we knew we sailed a lot of solid races and it will only help us going forward. Read the rest of this entry →