No racing yesterday
I mentioned nothing is easy here, right? The attached photo is how water is delivered in Rio. These people truly earn their living.
Anne and Andy Muller joined our band of merry, well, merry group today. They are a welcome addition - Andy getting MVP for communicating with Carlo who just may like us by the end of all this. Andy speaks fluent Italian and Carlo appreciates the fact that there is someone in the group of 14 who actually makes an effort to communicate in a language other than English.
Today's weather forecast was bizarre. The wind was predicated to go from 8 knots to 40 knots in a matter of minutes. Will, my self proclaimed best looking child, takes over from here:
Thanks for the intro, mom. Well turns out the bizarre forecast was dead on. The Race Committee brought the 470s onto the ocean race course around 3pm and attempted a 470 men's start, which was promptly recalled. Shortly thereafter, the breeze whipped around from Northeast to Southwest and increased from the aforementioned 8 to gusts over 40 knots. It was incredible watching the front roll in from on top of Sugarloaf; you could see it coming from miles away and dang did it look gnarly. Many boats capsized immediately and the Race Committee made the wise decision to send the fleets in to avoid any further carnage.
The 470s will be on the Niteroi course tomorrow. What this means for the sailors is bigger waves and more open ocean conditions. What this means for the Haeger clan is a 1.5 hour drive through some "interesting" parts of the city followed by lounging on a gigantic rock to get the best possible vantage point. Last time we were out there the incoming tide nearly swept us right off our perch and into the briny depths. Sometimes you gotta sacrifice for the perfect shot.
Forecast is for good breeze so they will try for 3 races tomorrow. Regardless of the number of races run tomorrow, the medal race will occur on Wednesday. If the medal race doesn't occur on Wednesday due to poor conditions, then there is always Thursday as a reserve. We're all locked and loaded over here for an intense finish to what's been a riveting games; here's hoping to some good racing tomorrow!
Dinner tonight was hosted by Ned, JP and Matt at a Brasilian steakhouse. KC, our resident veg
etarian, took a pass. In saying that, the salad bar was expansive and the meat and seafood delicious. The Haeger/DiBiase clan clocked a mere six miles today, well below the eight to twelve. All is good and we continue to collectively appreciate the gifts of love an fridendship.KC
Julie (and Will)