2011 Sailing World Cup – 43ème Semaine Olympique Française – Hyères

3rd Place Overall

George Szabo and Mark Strube receiving the bronze medal for Star. Strube towering!

US Sailing Team Final – French Olympic Sailing Week

Bronze medal to George Szabo and Mark Strube in Star
In a stunning medal race, George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.) and Mark Strube (Ponta Gorda, Fla.) sailed a close race against the top 10 boats, including team mates Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and Ian Coleman (Annapolis, Md.) and Rick Merriman (New York, N.Y.) and John von Schwartz (Annapolis, Md.).

“We’re feeling good,” said Szabo immediately after racing. “We still have more to work on before our Trials in Weymouth, but it’s a good feeling. It looks like we are right on track with our training. It was a really shifty race today. We were dead last at the first weather mark, and kept looking for wind shifts to get back toward the front of the fleet. Of course after the big race, and now that the boats are packed, the wind has come up to a nice 15 knots and, of course, it will be windier tomorrow.”

Day 4: One race. At yc by 8:30am. Race started at 10 or a few minutes later. wind dying. Ok speed, and beat, lot lots at leeward gate – came out in waves, light air, and behind downwind baots – so we had quite a loss. Boring beat. Last run to finish, the fleet condensed. We went down the middle of the fleet, gaining slightly all the time. By the finish, the fleet was very condensed. 15 plus boats within 100 feet is seemed – but probably a bit more distance than that. We got to an edge for clean air just before the finish, and that made the complete difference.

Then wind was at 4 knots. We sat on the water for another 4 hours. Moved the race course. Attempted a start, postponed again. 30 degree different wind on the course from other courses. And then a start finally – only top had wind, then wind died completely and the race abandoned up the beat. Long long day. Home late. Spaghetti dinner. E-mail, and sleep soon I hope. Tomorrow could be a big day. Potentially three races. Medal race on Friday.

Day 2: Long day on the water. First race was supposed to start at 9am. Postponed on land. Eventually lots of recalls, and three races. Back at the dock around 6pm. Probably light air for rest of week.

2011 Sailing World Cup – 43ème Semaine Olympique Française – Hyères

USSTAG interview, day 3

2011 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia: Palma, Spain

Race 1: We were in 3rd. 2nd weather mark. Jibing at mark – went for jibe, and I released the old backstay. It was a sucker jibe where the boom did not go across, and went back out to where it was. Well- you need a backstay, and the rig fell down. Not good. new one in – spare that we were training on fortunately. It is quick, but perhaps not as quick. Light air forecast for rest of week.