If there was one thing learned on this Mac.... turn off the freaking phones. We psyched our selves out by looking at tracking Sunday morning. Changed our tactics for the worse.
Sunday morning we were leading (at least sharing)... and were the inside boat. It was a mistake to go all the way in shore, but in hindsight, the biggest mistake was not sticking with it. Had we stuck with it... we still would've fallen to mid pack... but we would've caught up (and probably passed) on Monday.
Tell you what, the new deck layout was a dream on Monday in heavy winds... I got the speed record at the helm, 14.6. In the wind and waves to gray's reef, we rarely saw speeds under 9kts. Our Moral victory was passing 9 boats on Sunday (some as many as 10miles ahead Monday AM). We still corrected at the bottom.
Monday made our race... even though we boned another mac.
I could not agree more on the phone comment. We were crushed and demoralized to find we were sitting 20th out of 21 on Sunday AM. But...we did stick to the Wisconsin Shore Strategy and ended up 4th in section. Had we cheated a little more right earlier on Sunday we might have cut some miles out of the course we eventually sailed and finished even better.
Live and learn.