The US team in the Women’s World Match Racing championship gained an early lead on September 23rd.
There were three women’s matches that started off at Sheboygan on September 23rd. These included the Women’s World Match Racing championship, 2016 WIM series and the Buddy Melges Challenge. All three competitions started off on September 23rd. About 12 or more flights have sailed the waters and Stephanie Robie, a Wisconsinite has taken the lead. She currently leads her team in Lake Michigan. She stated that the first matches were fun and close sailing for them.
There had been delay in starting the matches previously as there had been no wind and with fog conditions. The sailors were put to the test as they wandered about the shore, waiting for wind and waves to happen. The morning of 23rd September was beautiful as the sun rose clear and there was a northerly breeze. That gave the sailors; wind about 12 to 14 knots about the race course that lined the Sheboygan South Pier.
The sailing conditions helped to make up for the days lost. The race management completed as many as 12 flights that comprised of four matches in every category. Epic racing crew skippered by Stephanie Robie was the leading boat in the race. Even though the waters were lumpy and choppy, the crew was able to master the boat in an admirable way that helped them to score 10-1 on the leader board. This was on the first day of the races. The American team was tired out but enthusiastic after being on the waters for about eight hours on the first day. Most skippers were happy with the sailing conditions that made the races interesting and fun. It was probably worth the wait after all, even when the first two days was a wait.