Team Heritage, of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club and skippered by Bob Hughes, prevailed today to earn the right to be the US defender in next week's Canada's Cup versus Team Vincere over the Chicago Match Race Center's Team Convexity. Sail22's Sailing Updates is providing coverage of the Canada's Cup 2011 Defender Trials racing action with blogging, video and photography. One race today rwas all Team Heritage needed to become the defender and they came from behind to win the one and only race of the day. Heritage won the first cross about ten boat lengths off of the line. When Convexity and Heritage met again half way up the beat, Convexity had a gained a solid three boat length lead. Convexity tacked for the windward mark early, which allowed Heritage to take advantage of a shift on the right. Convexity gybe set at the top mark and Heritage split and headed toward shore. Heritage's tactician, Morgan Larson, made the correct call, as when they came back to meet Convexity, they were able to gybe in front of them with a three boat length lead. Heritage continued to gain separation throughout the rest of the race, protecting the left side of the course in a tacking duel and went on to win the race with over a minute at the finish. Photos from today's racing action can be viewed in the Sail22 Photography Gallery by Becky Furry. We are looking forward to covering next week's Canada's Cup racing action on Sailing Updates with Team Heritage and Team Vincere of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club vying for the cup.
A great day in Macatawa Bay today for match racing! Sail22's Sailing Updates is providing coverage of the Canada's Cup 2011 Defender Trials racing action with blogging, video and photography. Three races in variable conditions were completed with Team Heritage, skippered by Bob Hughes with tactician, Morgan Larson, winning all of the races. Racing was tight in race one with Convexity, helmed by Don Wilson with Steve Hunt calling tactics, leading until the last windward mark. Team Heritage luffed Convexity prior to the mark rounding and gained the lead. The second race started with Team Convexity gaining a penalty on Team Heritage in the initial dial-up. Team Heritage cleared themselves at the finish with less than ten seconds to spare to win the race. The final race of the day, both teams split shortly after the start, with Team Heritage taking the right side of the course and Team Convexity the left. It was clear when the boats tacked back to meet that Team Heritage had chosen the correct side and they went on to win decisively. More racing is scheduled again tomorrow. The winner of the Defender's Trials will take on Team Vincere next week in the Canada's Cup. Photos of today's racing action by Becky Furry can be found in the Sail22 Photo Gallery. Check the video below for the luffing action at the to mark. Excellent match racing maneuver!
Follow the Canada's Cup 2011 Defender Trials starting today on Sail22's Sailing Updates. We're in Holland, Michigan at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club to cover this year's Canada's Cup. Racing starts today with Team Heritage helmed by Bob Hughes and Team Convexity helmed by Don Wilson, vying for the right to defend the United States against the Canadian challenger, Team Vincere next week. Sailing Updates will providing daily live race coverage with other media, including daily summary video clips being uploaded to the Canada's Cup website. We're looking forward to some great racing in this historic event!