Racing got underway in very light conditions off Newport, California for the RPAYC Youth Squad competing in the World Sailing Youth World Match Racing Championship 2017.
In the early stages of the Day Costanzo and her crew of Jess Angus, Emma May and Hannah Lanz, struggled to find straight line speed up wind and out of tacks in the light 3 knot south westerly winds. The team, however kept experimenting with their technique and sail trim to try and fix the issue. This never say die attitude was rewarded when after recording two losses, they scored 4 wins on the trot against New Zealand, Sweedan, Denmark and The United Kingdom. The team had a close loss to the Italians, who they lead up the first beat, but made the mistake of splitting sides on the upwind leg. Some great attacking downwind sailing saw Costanzo make a last burst for the finishing line.
After a short period of stronger (7 knots) breeze, thewind began to decrease, and a huge swell and short chop started to develop, making it very difficult to keep the boats moving.
The last start of the day was against fellow Aussie, Harry Price. The conditions had gotten worse and both boats were unable to make headway across the line. The race committee signaled The abandonment flag and sent the relived sailors (and coaches) back home at around 1800hrs.
"Long day at the office" joked a mischievous Costanzo.
"We are getting more confident now in the lighter airs, working on the way we mode and sail the boat. We are 3 points off the top four, so we have a bit of work to do today".
Up to date results can be followed here (we are Australia 2): http://www.matchracingresults.com/2017/youth-world-championship/