And at the end of Wednesday's race, sailed in light winds similar to Sunday, they heard an even sweeter sound: the horn for the winner, which was painfully silent for the British sailors earlier.
Even better, MASSEY and NURTON and three others who fell victim to the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Race Committee's sharp eyed judgment on Sunday but have sailed well otherwise will discard their disastrous 72 point scores after Thursday's fifth race. Those include Tina and Trevor BAYLIS of (USA), whose other finishes are 3,5,5; past champions Robert GREENHALGH of Britain (7,4,8) and Grant GEDDES of Australia (3,11,9). Also, there is Britain's Katie NURTON (2,19,4), who dropped out of race two with a foot injury.
But MASSEY expects they will need more help than that to overtake leaders Howard HAMLIN and crew Euan MCNICOL (USA), who finished second on Wednesday.
'Oh, they're going to win,' MASSEY said. 'They haven't been out of the top four in any races. We're aiming for the top five.'
HAMLIN and MCNICOL (1,4,2,2) stretched their lead to eleven points because their nearest rivals - Team Pegasus buddies Shark KAHN, the 17 year old skipper, and Paul ALLEN (USA) - stumbled to 14th place following Tuesday's impressive crash and recover victory, and they had to work their way back from 39th at the first mark to do that well.
'We had the worst start in the world,' KAHN said.
They are now third, two points behind Britain's Michael LENNON and crew Jon BLACKBURN, who have been sailing a quietly consistent 4,8,3,5 regatta.
Following Monday's 22 knots and Tuesday's 15, the breeze started at five knots on Wednesday and built to only ten by the end of the twelve nautical mile race. The sea was relatively smooth so capsizing was minimal.
MASSEY and NURTON and HAMLIN and MCNICOL started at opposite ends of the line and worked opposite sides of the course, which apparently made no difference.
'For a long time we didn't look that good out there,' HAMLIN said. '[MASSEY] came from the other corner and we rounded [the first windward mark] just ahead of him, but he likes the light stuff.'
MASSEY and NURTON finished about 30 seconds ahead of HAMLIN and MCNICOL, with the BAYLISES another ten seconds back just ahead of LENNON and BLACKBURN.
The sailors on top have been competitive in both conditions, light and heavy.
Trevor BAYLIS (CAN) said, 'It's nice to hang with the flyweights and [also] go when it's heavy. We just have to beat Howie.'
|1||USA||Howard HAMLIN||Euan MCNICOL||1||4||2||2||9|
|2||GBR||Michael LENNON||Jon BLACKBURN||4||8||3||5||20|
|3||USA||Samuel 'Shark' KAHN||Paul ALLEN||5||2||1||14||22|
|4||AUS||Lindsay IRWIN||Andrew PENNY||9||1||9||11||30|
|5||USA||Kris BUNDY||Jamie HANSELER||3||25||7||6||41|
|6||CAN||Bruce EDWARDS||John VINCZE||12||10||8||13||43|
|7||AUS||Brad DEVINE||Denis Paul JONES||24||11||6||10||51|
|8||AUS||David ALEXANDER||John BANNISTER||11||15||13||15||54|
|9||AUS||Alex NEWMAN||Derek LAYFIELD||16||18||15||16||65|
|10||CAN||Fred EATON||Jason LEMIEUX||7||20||27||12||66|
Racing continues daily through to Saturday, starting at 1430 on Thursday and Friday and 1300 on Saturday.
Supporting sponsors for the International 14 World Championship are West Marine Products, Ronstan, North Sails, Glaser Sails, Irwin Sails, SailingProShop.com, Magic Marine, Acqua di Gio Georgio Armani, Shackle Dog and Labatt's.