Three races for the Tornado Class in moderate conditions today spelled the end of our Olympic dream of adding a Qingdao Gold Medal to our Athens Silver Medal. Our finishes of 12-14-15 today means we have eliminated ourselves from winning a medal at these games.
After three years of training here in China we embraced the almost universal belief that this would be a light air venue. The big negative is that we simply made the wrong choice in choosing to race with our light-air Chupacabra gennaker, based on a weather forecast that never happened.
Today with a strong current running up the course, we had very quick upwind legs and long downwind legs. The wind out of the west was very shifty and puffy, blowing between eight and 15 knots. Conditions were difficult with lots of position flip-flops in the fleet. We sailed really, really well today, the best we have in this regatta, but our sail choice worked against us. We were always making gains on the short upwind legs and even sometimes on the long hauls downwind. But the fact was that the small spinnaker killed us downwind.
Today we learned over and over and over again, a lesson that we’ve already learned a million times - no two regattas are ever the same and it’s never like you think it’s going to be.
We have two races scheduled tomorrow and another on Wednesday. It’s clear we won’t be competing in the Medal Race on Thursday but we’re planning to get out for the next two days to try and enjoy our remaining races together in the Tornado and remember all the great years we’ve had sailing together, representing the USA and you, our supporters and sponsors.
From now until the games are over, all our online reporting from the sailing Olympics will continue to appear in a new format that we have called T-Squared’s Qingdao Olympic Blog. We’re doing this because the International Olympic Committee has placed some restrictions on athletes’ reporting in order to protect its sponsors’ interests. That means we are unable to directly show you sailing competition photographs or publish race results. However our blog features links to official results, photos and everything else you’ll needed to help follow our Olympic adventure.
For live leg-by-leg reporting of each race, plus detailed results, please go to http://www.sailing.org/olympics/resultscentre.php and click on Tornado.
You can always reach our Qingdao Blog from this page. And, if you’d like to tell your friends, family and shipmates about this feature, the address is http://www.t-squaredracing.com/content/blogcategory/19/25/
Charlie Ogletree - Team Advanced Equities I