Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Redwings Finish First and Second

July 31st, 2010.

OK, so I'll qualify this post right up front by saying 3 of the fastest boats in our Club were off racing in Pictou this past weekend.  That said...OMG....we finished second!  Finishing last all year sucked.  On July 31th we finally got it all together, sailed a beautiful race, did everything right, had a blast and.....finished SECOND!

The winning boat was our sister boat, "Wings", hull number 127.  The third place boat was "Abigale" a Redline 25, a cousin to the Redwings.  So, technology might change, but there is something to be said about "classic old boats"!

There were two keys points in the race.  The first came at the first mark, when all the boats ahead of us tacked around UD4 towards BHYC2.  When they realized they would have to go way down wind to reach the second mark, most made a quick adjustment.  Seeing this, we stayed on our line and avoided the extra tacks.

The second key factor was our ability to point up wind.  Most of the boats had to fall so far off the wind, while "Wings" and "Exploits" seemed to be able to drive straight into it.  By the time we hit BHYC2, I was getting badgered not to hit "Bella Rosa" and "Fly-Bye-Wire", 2 C&C 30's that we battled with the whole way around.  It was such a rush to FINALLY feel like we were actually in a race.

We finished just behind he C&C's.  "Wings" figured we came in second, altho they didn't seem to be as excited as I would have thought.  Turns out they were worried we might have beaten them on corrected time.  As it turns out we were only 1:30 minutes behind, which I suppose explains the concern.

The team was great.  Judy kept the rookies on the sheets all race long.  Mark has been on the boat a lot, but he pointed out, it was his first race.  Mark's buddy Joey did a great job adjusting the sails and keeping us entertained the entire time.  I think we were more excited to finish second than "Wings" were to win.  Then again, it must start to feel old to them, considering their record!

It was a great team effort!

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