Good morning out there in OptiLand!
First of all, congratulations to the 2011 Optimist North American Champion Russell Clarida. We've been following the racing off Long Beach all week and the performance of TeamUSA there has been outstanding. Also congrats again to USA2 of Rogers, Schuurmans, Logue, Parkin and A. Toppa for coming through the losing bracket to win the OptiNAM team racing championship. Our Worlds team will be even faster in New Zealand because of you guys keeping our Fast Five hungry.
Well done to the team leaders, coaches and our 40-strong team of sailors. Impressive stuff.
Back at TeamUSA's European Base, we woke to 15-20 kts out of the North which was cool, dry and very New England like. That's the good part. The not so good part is the locals are telling us the breeze will probable clock and die as the day goes on.
Did I mention the breakfast spread the Albacore puts on each morning? I think I've gained 10 pounds here and there's still 3 days left. Time to add a run around the town tomorrow AM.
As the sun climbs into the sky and the temperatures ascend into the high 80s we are waiting to launch. Later today we plan to send the sailors on a RIB ride up river to explore the beautiful nature preserve which surrounds the venue here in Tavira.
If you're an Opti sailor it just doesn't get any better than this.