They shook it off and at the same time changed their rig tune, dropping off the headstay by an inch for a bit more rake and a different speed mode. The other key, says Silvestri, was great starts all weekend. "We were never being forced to tack right away, which in these boats, if you have to tack, it's really slow."
While conditions on Sunday started off in a strong northerly, by the time boats reached their respective racecourses the northerly was on its way out and the waiting game for the southerly sea breeze began. The race committee started the Sonars just before the time limit, at which point, Silvestri says, they focused on sailing their own race. They got a good start and then a jump on the fleet on the first downwind leg. "We knew we had to win to take the tiebreaker, and once the sea breeze really came up, it was a parade, and we knew we would have it."