Day two at Charleston Race Week (CRW) was delayed for a few hours for good reason. The breeze filled in and we had two good races in decent conditions. The J-70 fleet had two races with the current playing a role in both. Flojito Y Coopernado remains in first, powered by their Ullman main, while the rest of the fleet has had a bit of a shuffle.
On USA 312 we had a tough start in the first race but chose the correct side on the first beat which put us in contention. The second race we had a great tactical battle upwind and stayed in the top group to capture a second place.
Erik Shampain: "It was a good day and we found ourselves with good rig tune and that in turn gave us the boat speed and hight we needed to hold a lane. We chose the correct side the first race (after a rather average start) and held on for the 8th. The second race we came across the fleet on a good left shift and avoided the traffic at the mark to put ourselves in second which we held onto throughout the rest of the race."
Greg Koski: "The puffs were tricky with the current but our communication was great and we played the jib well which helped the overall speed. Shifting gears was crucial."
Doug Mclean: "Coming into this area from the benign waters off California can be challenging but we are working hard to stay above the curve. Today was a good improvement on speed and we are looking forward to tomorrow."
Keith Magnussen: "People keep telling me it is never like this here but I don't believe them. Staying on top of the current is essential and we took it to the beach on the second race to make full use of the relief. This helped us maintain a second and put us in contention for good placement tomorrow."