Matt Dalton reflects on MNC 2019
Light and shifty breeze for all 3 days. Well......that's really only true for days 1 and 2, lol. Day 3 did not deliver enough breeze to have a race. There was a lot of this.....
When we did race, it was very tight racing. There were 9 Gold boats and 7 Silver, however half the Silver boats were consistently finishing ahead of half of the Gold boats (including us at times!). We had 2 crews there from TSS, there were also 3 crews from Texas. The other 11 boats were locals.
Local knowledge played a big part with how to deal with the flukey wind, although the locals would sometimes get parked by no wind just like we would. The only boat I saw that consistently handled the wind changes well was Doug McNight, one of the top local racers, owner of the newest Nickels Mutineer in the land and the newly crowned National Champion.
Day 1 was 2 races. Wind shifts from 50 degrees in multiple different directions. With one shift you are in the lead, next shift you are half pack, then back to being in the lead. Then the wind dies completely and you drift as well as you can. We were in second place on one of these races when the wind died........it does come back, but from the other side of the course. Lol. Every boat over there goes past us and we finish last. Dang!
Day 2 was 5 races. Kinda more of the same for 3 races. Then we had 2 races in decent, mostly steady wind. We took a 4th in one of those! We were significantly over early in the other, which guaranteed we would be sailing behind the entire pack for the remainder of the race.
Herb did a good job of keeping his head on a swivel while driving SCK. I did my usual good job of talking too much and offering too much insight at often inappropriate times. Lol. We did have fun! We finished 7th out of the 9 Gold boats. Certainly a tough business. Thanks to Herb for getting SCK out to CO!
Of the top 5 Gold boats, 3 were locals. A Texas boat snuck in there along with Dave and Zach, who did an excellent job of sailing a borrowed boat. In true team spirit we spent Saturday morning before racing tuning their boat up to make it faster.
Next year!!!!!! MNC 2020 is at TSS!!!!!