'We went right to the committee boat and went right,' said Lidecis, sailing Michael MARZAHL. 'We felt the right was going to fill in eventually and we were just waiting for it. And when it did come in, it was huge. It paid off and we were gone.'
At the recent King of Spain Regatta, LIDECIS said he was hampered by conservative starts. Although they led after the first day of races, on day two. 'We got hosed,' LIDECIS admitted. 'Our starts killed us. I decided I'm going to get a lot more aggressive on the starts: stop that conservative game and just go for it.'
Go for it, they did. LIDECIS and Michael MARZAHL - Olympic hopefuls - led the fleet around the course in race one yesterday, fending off a last leg rally by Australia's Iain MURRAY and Andrew PALFRAM. 'We just covered and stayed inside,' said LIDECIS, holding on to win the first of six races in the four day event.
As race two began, the breeze built to nearly twelve knots and chop increased. Star 2001 North American champion George SZABO (USA) said they had 'pushed too hard' in race one, learning of their OCS and disqualification at the windward mark. 'We had a sneaking suspicion,' he said, 'It was too good of a start.'
However a clean start in race two paid off. 'The wind picked up and we were able to be in the right place at the right time,' said SZABO's crew Eric MONROE, earning them a bullet in the second race of the day.
Leading the regatta overall with a 3-3 record are San Diegans MERRIMAN and PETERS, followed by John DANE and Austin SPERRY - who won the tune-up regatta for the King of Spain with MURRAY and PALFRAM third.
LIDECIS and MARZAHL, who started deep in race two, broke their pole at the top mark of the second run and watched six boats inch by, to place fourth overall so far.
MARZAHL, who ended up being a 'human pole' on that last run, declared, 'We work real hard together and never give up… We have three more days here and we're just looking for four perfect races.'
Racing continues from California Yacht Club through until Sunday 21 August.
Top Ten After Two Races
|1||USA||Rick MERRIMAN||Rick PETERS||3||3||6|
|2||USA||John DANE III||Austin SPERRY||5||2||7|
|3||AUS||Iain MURRAY||Andrew PALFRAM||2||6||8|
|4||USA||Eric LIDECIS||Michael MARZAHL||1||12||13|
|5||USA||John MACCAUSLAND||Robert SCHOFIELD||4||9||13.1|
|6||USA||Andy MACDONALD||Anders EKSTROM||11||5||16|
|7||USA||Mark REYNOLDS||Hal HAENEL||15||4||19|
|8||USA||Arthur ANOSOV||Dave CAESAR||12||7||19.1|
|9||BAH||Steven KELLY||Darin JENSEN||8||13||21|
|10||USA||Eric DOYLE||Brian SHARP||10||11||21.1|