Josh Larsen was the tactician aboard Brio. Here is his account of the event: “We had a great weekend overall. The Melges fleet is always filled with talent, and getting to sail with a fleet like this is such a privilege. I’ve sailed in the Melges fleet for seven years now and what separates the top guys from the pack is the ability to consistently launch off the start line. When we could get off the start line half way decently we were able to keep up with Monsoon and Bandit, Harry was in a class alone though, no boat could touch his same speed. Starting was our biggest challenge in this powerful fleet. Reflecting on this event I feel like I learned a lot as a tactician. In particular the way to sail around the race course seemed obvious with the puffs being so easily seen on the cloud-ridden course. I am looking forward to North Americans in San Fransisco where AYSF will be planning to sail as a team.” Brio finished 16th, highlighted by a 5 and 7, both coming on the last race of each day.
Look for the American Youth Sailing Force on the water at the North Americans and the CGOD regatta in the Gorge in August. The team is currently planning to charter a boat for both events.