2013 Open Worlds
After finishing the IFDS Worlds in Ireland, the team hurried back to North America to compete in the Open Sonar Worlds from September 18th to 22nd in Rochester, New York.
Competing in open events requires a change of equipment as we leave our whisker pole setup on the dock and upgrade to a symmetrical spinnaker for downwind legs. We were lucky enough to have former Olympian Oliver Bone as our fourth teammate and spinnaker expert.
The first and second day brought light to moderate wind with big directional shifts caused by the shore. We had a tough first two days managing the fleet and finding our boat speed. The third day brought in a big weather system of the South and with it, light winds and a long downpour. Racing was cancelled with a big wind forecast for the last day of racing.
We woke up to a breezy 15-20 knots for the last day of the regatta. Big swell matched the breeze and together, they made for fantastic last day of racing. Even though many other teams had trouble with broken equipment and retired early that day, we love the wild conditions and especially enjoyed the downwind legs, though we were white knuckling our sheets at times. We finished the regatta in 21st , not as well as we would like and a reminder of the work we have for the upcoming year. A big thanks to the Rochester Yacht Club and all the race officials and volunteers for their hard work. A special thanks to Mr. Oliver Bone for joining us for the event.