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October 6, 2011

It has been a long, busy summer full of up and down results, and the final event for the unofficial end of the 2011 season has arrived and it would be great to end with a win.  The Chicago Match Race Center is hosting the 72nd Richardson Trophy which will anoint the winning team as the top match racing team in the great lakes region.  While all of the worlds top match racers are duking it out at the World Match Race Tour’s Bermuda Gold Cup, there will still be plenty of tough teams at this Grade 3 event and we are looking to give our best effort to keep the trophy on the CMRC houseboat for the next year.

Our team with Don Wilson will be looking to keep momentum after our decent showing at the Grade 1 just last weekend when were shown the door by the top ranked French team in the quarter-finals.  One thing I have learned about match racing is that it takes an immense amount of concentration to stay focused for every race.  With 10 races taking place in a day in some events, it is very easy to miss a flag indicating which windward mark to round, or have a lapse on how to execute winning a pin favored start and the teams that can wipe the slate clean after every race and start fresh are the ones who advance.  With several regattas under our belt as a team, our goal is to take care of business on our end and if someone out-sails us, there is not much we can do, but losing a race on an unforced error or stupid penalty will not cut it this weekend.

Win or lose, At the vary least we will get to watch the participants in the Chicago Marathon run by and take comfort knowing we are riding on a sailboat, and not running more miles than what my Chappy can do on a gallon of gas.

Racing begins on Friday morning and live results can be found here.

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