Hall Penalized, But Still Smiling After Rough Day
The Cape St. Claire windsurfer said it's not a disaster, but disappointing.
Annapolis windsurfer Farrah Hall suffered a penalty after starting too early in a race on Saturday, but smiled through it, saying she's still having fun on the waves.
In the eighth race for women's windsurfing on Saturday morning, Hall was penalized for an OCS (on-course side, or starting the race early). She was docked on points equal to the number of competitors, which in this race was 26.
Hall is now in 22nd place overall after the eighth race of 10 scheduled.
Hall said in an interview with the U.S. Sailing Team's website on Saturday that she has struggled with strong breezes since the games began.
"This isn't my strong condition," Hall told US Sailing. "We had windy conditions every day. It is the most fun conditions, and I 'm having fun every day. Every race I've made one or two mistakes, and that can cost you places, whether it's a bad start or a bad tack. Otherwise, I'm pretty confident with my speed or maneuvers. It's not been a total disaster, but it's slightly disappointing."
Women's windsurfing concludes Sunday, and Hall has an uphill battle if she wants to medal. Surfers from Spain, Israel and Ukraine are in the top three spots respectively. For the full results, see the official website for the London 2012 Olympics.
For more on Hall's Olympic path, check the Broadneck Patch's Local Olympians Guide.