Congratulations to Team As You Wish for their fantastic win at the PRSA Spring Regatta! Lisa-Marie sailed with Jim Lane and Christy Chen, and I have to say that they did an extraordinary day in some challenging conditions to beat out 6 other Lightnings and earn their first regatta win. Great job all around — I know that the entire Fleet is thrilled for you!
As I mentioned, the conditions on Sunday were very challenging (after no racing on Saturday due to a total lack of wind). The breeze was generally easterly in direction (!) and ranged from 5-10 knots, with some pretty big swings to the south with puffs and then lots of soft spots, and dead spots, throughout the course. The RC sent us off on 4 O2 races (the only real choice given wind direction and river constraints), which put a premium on boathandling around the relatively short course as well as attention to finding clear air as one navigated around and through 4 other classes on the course.
Watching As You Wish throughout the day (from behind them for most of it!) I noticed how well they did in doing a couple of things: (a) not pinching, and (b) keeping their air clear, especially on the reach legs where boats tended to cluster a bit and it was very easy to get rolled. It was a day that demanded persistence and patience, for sure. On Beedobeat (sailing with Geoff and Quentin Bishop) we found ourselves able to get off the start line and up to the windward mark ahead in several races, especially once we figured out the advantage that came with going left early to get up current and get into better pressure. But As You Wish and the rest of the pack were tenacious, and we did get rolled on a couple of the reach/run legs.
Overall the results were very tight, with As You Wish beating out Alex, Will, and Ed Lane on No Call, No Show in a tiebreaker for 1st, followed in 3rd by John Van Voorhis and David Keto on Shamrock just one point behind! Congratulations once again to Lisa-Marie, Jim, and Christy for a great job and for a well-earned 1st regatta win!