The first day of a regatta is often a defining one. We practiced on Saturday and Sunday with some informal tuning and some slightly less informal match racing with our competition for the week. Conditions had been between 12 and 18 knots from the north, and in those flat-water conditions, we'd been going well, certainly holding our own against the more established teams. But as is so often the case, the first race day was a completely different scenario. The wind had shifted to the south, giving a lumpy sea and, although we started in about 14-16 knots, a breeze that eased over the day to about 10-13. What is clear is that, in those conditions, we are not consistently up to speed against Aqua, Mascalzone Latino, and Oracle. So we have a lot of work to do this week to try to bridge the gap, and our goals for the week have been amended to be less about results and more about getting up to speed, ready for this year’s RC44 circuit. Judging by the forecast, tomorrow we’ll get to work on our light-air sailing.