tornado Posted April 19, 2003 Report Share Posted April 19, 2003 DAY 2 Sail Sydney 2003 (Georges River Sailing Club - Botany Bay) We had 15 to 20 knots today and great racing. Very intense competition against a 29 year tornado vetran David Hart on a Marstrom Tornado with brand new sails and Andrew Macpherson who was Bundy / Forbes training partner and a regular top 10 to 15 finisher at world titles. On Day 1 we had an average of 26 knots with gust recored at 35 knots. This was not racing, just a fight to stay alive..... Race one was won by Tornado Vetran David Hart closely followed by Tornado ALIVE who were the only mad dogs to through up a spinnaker. We experienced some of the wildest downwind legs whilst dodging capsized and out of control 29ers, 49ers, 420s and 470s. Andrew Mcpherson retired after a cartwheel at the top mark when he and his crew (18 foot skiff sailor, Andrew Heaney) went around the front on the wire. His crew was in awe of the speed of the Olympic Tornado and was left speechless with how much quiker they were than the 18s........Could we see him up front on a Tornado in the future??????? Grant Bow also never made it to the start line due to a broken forstay. Race 2 and the wind realy kicked in with 35 knots recorded on the course. Team Tordado ALIVE once again few their spinnaker, with every jibe picking up the hull when exiting and thretening to throw us over. Eventually the wind finally got the better of us and on a spinnaker jibe threw us over with frightening speed traping myself under the hull for about a minute and fighting for air. Unfortunatly this capsize resulted in gear failier and forced us back to shore for repairs. David Hart once seeing ALIVE in the tide, slipped into cruze mode and limped home to be the only finnisher with gear damage off his own. Race 3 was cancelled for the Tornado with no boats left to front for the start. Day 3 saw a more realistic 15 to 20 knots and all Ts made it to the start. With some feirce racing between the top 3 boats we finished up with 2 first placings and a second and am currently leading the series with 1 drop. If we have enough races to drop 2 races the points will read, us on 4 points with David Hart and Andrew Mcpherson tied for 2nd on 5 points........... dosn't get any closer than this. Will have to put in a big performance over the next 4 races. Stephen Medwell Team Tornado 'ALIVE' AUS-260 www.tornadoalive.com supported by Club Marine (Boat Insurance) Seawind Catamarans Finlease (Marine Finance) Sign*A*Rama - Petersham [This message has been edited by tornado (edited 19 April 2003).] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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