After several false alarms the AP came down and racing started about 4pm yesterday. Eventually a light SW 4-6 knot breeze filled in, and we finally had enough wind to race in the ever-present three knot current that runs in front of Bayview YC.
The current was running almost perpendicular to the wind. And this made the port tack layline (the "down current" layline) a much better place to be than the starboard tack layline (the "up current" layline). The racing was extremely challenging, to say the least.
The RC was able to finish 120 races, completing a full round robin for the 16 teams. But because much of the day was lost to no wind, the format was shortened and the 16 team fleet has been narrowed to 6 teams still in contention for the Hinman Championship. Those six teams are Somerville Silver Panda (13 pts. in RR1), DC SHock & Awe (12 pts.), Mid-Atlantic Dolphin (12 pts.), Cape Cod Whishbone (11 pts.), Boston Cosmos (10 pts.), and NYYC Amateur Hour (10 pts.).
The RC was also able to begin the second RR for the gold fleet, and it is our hope to finish that RR on Sunday and get in a second RR for the gold fleet. The remaining 10 teams will also continue to race on Sunday to establish places 7-16.
The winner of this event is guaranteed a spot at the 2005 ISAF Team Racing World Championship at NYYC in Newport, so it is all to play for going into the final race day today.
Full results are available on the event website at the address below.