Grand Slam Summary

September 2, 2011

Chicago Cup and Detroit Cup Summary: 

We went into the Chicago event with great confidence as we had just come off two great wins in the Spring. Unfortunately, we went winless in the round-robin and as a result we were unable to qualify for the next stage of the event. This event was an eye opener in all respects, and we learned a lot. The level of competition that we were up against only made us better. 

We were hoping to come out swinging in the Detroit Cup, however we still couldn't shake the monkey off our back in our first three races of the event and started 0-3. The first race against Will Tiller & Full Metal Jacket Racing wasn't a contest as we ran over a huge piece of grass and it could not be cleared from our keel. The next two races were close however we copped penalties in both and dropped two very close races against Laurie Jury and Chris Van Tol. 

Fellow competitor Dave Perry spent a lot of his time after the first day of racing helping us identify our problems and keeping us focused on staying in the game. We owe Dave a great thanks, as his advice certainly paid off. 

We quickly bounced back on day two of the Detroit Cup and won our first two races, one of them coming against the eventual winner of the event, Jordan Reece. 

We then continued to lose our next five races in the same fashion as our previous losses. Unlike in Chicago, we were competitive and capable of winning each match. 

We finally capped off the round robin by defeating 10th ranked Rueben Corbett and his Aon Racing team in a wildly exciting match. 

We finished 10th out of 12 teams at the Detroit Cup, one point behind last year's winner Dave Perry. 

Our next event is the Grade 3 U.S. Match Racing Championships in Newport Beach California. 


You can't win them all......

August 17, 2011
Rigamaroo Racing was going on a great winning streak of three regattas in a row with 2 of them being grade 3's. We hit a bump in the road last weekend in Chicago, learning alot from the top sailors in the world. 

This Thursday through Sunday we will be racing in another grade 2 event in Detroit and feel confident that we can do well and put up better scores than last weekend. 

We will be sailing in ultimate 20s with crew: Patrick Ryan, Norman Vallette and Annapolis based Andrew Eyring. 

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Preparing for Chicago

August 8, 2011
Flights, check.

Hotel, check. 

Excited, check. 

We cannot wait to arrive in Chicago and compete in the Grade 2 Invitational on Thursday. 

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June 28, 2011
Rigamaroo Racing has gone undefeated at the 2011 Grade 3 June Oakcliff Invitational and has now qualified for the Grade 2 Chicago Match Cup! We now have two Grade 2 regattas on our schedule! 
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May 23, 2011
Rigamaroo Racing has won the Bayview Yacht Club Spring Invitational and has now qualified for the 2011 Detroit Cup which will be our first Grade 2 match racing event!
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Semi Finals

May 22, 2011
We are now in the semi finals after finishing 2nd in the first round robin. We will be racing the 4th place finisher from the first round robin as 1st place chose to race 3rd place. Looking to bring home a win tomorrow.... 
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Race Day 1 (Completed 6 Races)

May 21, 2011
We have completed six races in the first round robin and have 5 wins and 1 loss. We are now off the water for about an hour and then have to go back out for our last race. 

So far so good!

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May 20, 2011
Today we practiced from 2-5pm at Bayview Yacht Club. We ended our day well getting our boat handling and timing down. We feel well prepared for tomorrow and we start racing during match 1 of flight 4. We will provide results and information as we come off the water between races. 
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May 20, 2011
We have arrived at Bayview Yacht Club and are eager to go out and practice this afternoon. Currently it is a bit foggy out on the water, however we are anticipating perfect sailing conditions this afternoon. 
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Leaving for Detroit!

May 18, 2011
Rigamaroo Racing is preparing for our trip to Detroit to sail in the Detroit Match Race qualifier for the 2011 Detroit Cup. We are getting to Bayview Yacht Club a day early to practice so we will be well prepared for the regatta which starts Saturday!
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