49er NA's and Olympic Trials
Yesterday the 49er North American Championships concluded with 4 races. There was a change both in regatta leadership and in who holds the North American title.
After Day 2 the team of Andy Mack and Adam Lowry led. Consecutive 12th place finishes in a 13 boat fleet doomed their hopes of winning.
Defending champion's Morgan Larson and Kevin Hall finished strong. Their last 4 races were: 1st,4th,.2nd and 4th. They did not get away with another NA's title.
The brother team of Charlie and Jonathan Mckee sailed the last 4 races the best with places of: 2nd,1st,1st and 5th. This gave them the NA title and the role of favorites going into today's Olympic selections trials.
Spring Lake sailors Chad Hough and David Fox sailed the 2nd half of the regatta in the fleets upper half and ended up 7th.
Today is the opening day of the winner goes to the Olympics trial races. Although the Mckees are the favorites winning a tune up regatta is often considered a jinx.
Conditions for Day 1 of the trials should challenge the teams sailing their unpredictable skiffs. Winds are forecast to be from the east at 15 to 20 knots. This afternoon showers and thunderstorms are expected in the racing area, with gusts up to 35 knots and heavy seas. Certainly weather like this could make for some very challenging sailing and may scramble the standings table right from the off of the regatta.
Sailing Daily will provide coverage of these trials, and the 470 men's and women and Mistral sailboard trials all of which begin today.