And going into the regatta thinking could be a top three finish we came out second to last of seven boats.
The main issues were:
- Cheek blocks, without them you get overrides, more on one side than the other, and more so as the wind rises. Out practice had been with a slightly smaller sail in lighter winds. There could also be a technique issue here but the sailors on board were good sailors so I'm inclined to think the problem is worth avoiding - use the cheekblocks!
- Dropping pole to deck. We've got pretty good with the pole in the bag but during the Yachting Cup (2nd place overall) we'd concluded that the bag was slowing our douses a little bit. Going to pole on deck worked well in a practice but when tried in anger, while pushing douses as late as possible (errr too late!) things went wrong.
So, don't change too much, especially when things were working okay.
We changed things back for the CYC fall regatta and placed 3rd, one hole in the wind off second and a hole in the wind plus a little pointing off first - think our genoa is getting a bit old.
We definitely made a few other mistakes and at times in the lighter winds other boats had that "we've got more air" look about them downwind.