Fletcher-Sign report on Miami SWC 2015
Our first Sailing World Cup event of the year came to close in what turned out to be a crazy week of racing. Starting off with a booming first day before quickly turning to some very tricky and changeable conditions that was super hard to predict.
After our disappointing result in Santander we were looking to get back on the podium here and start our year off with a bang. As usual all the training we had done in Miami was super light and by the time the regatta started the breeze filled in! This is the way it goes, for sure we were pleased with our speed over the week but to be honest it did not make a big difference. Being on the right side of a 40 degree shift is a whole lot more important.
The results were up and down during the week but we managed to put a reasonably solid series together minus a couple of bad races where we just got it plain wrong and the luck did not swing our way. Going into the medal race it was very close for a medal and we went out there to win the race and get that medal. Unfortunately it was not to be. we had a good start, good first beat and went round the top mark in 3rd. From then it went downhill, but we kept pushing all the way to end never once happy to come 4th, which is where we ended up. This is sailing and sometimes it does not go your way, but we were really pleased with our we sailed generally in what was one of, if not the most difficult weeks racing I have ever done.
Now we are back in the UK and it certainly feels like winter over here compared to the warmth of Miami. For us, we have a few weeks to get all our kit prepped and ready for the European season. Near the end of February we head out to Cagliari, Sardinia to kick start our training in 2015. It should be pretty cool out there with some foreign teams coming along plus its the base of the Luna Rossa Americas Cup Team skippered by our old mate and 49er training partner Chris Draper.All in all it was an alright start to the year that we can build on and we are mad for the challenge.