Reviewing my race on TrackTacker I believe I have been able to pin point my key mistakes. Referring to the diagram above, point 1 circled is the place I managed to loose 100+ meters on the front runners, with my VMG for the leg reducing to 2.27 knots vs ~3 knots for all other upwind legs. Basically for me, after 75 minutes of sailing I lost the opportunity to challenge for first or second place in the last lap (another 10 minutes of sailing). My focus quickly changed to protecting 3rd, as Ken had been tracking me all day and the gap had reduced between use by the end of this leg.
My analysis of the situation was that I was faced with two problems:
- The breeze had significantly eased between the circled area and mark A, and
- I had a Solo and Sabre pinning me to the Island side for this leg, based on position relative to me.
We will see next time when I am in this situation, if I have learnt from my past mistakes.