Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sail #13: WE WON !!!! (Saturday Race #1)

8.5 nm, average speed 5 knots, elapsed time 1:37:11

Our 13th sail of the season and our first race.  Turns out 13 is our lucky number since we started the defense of our Weekend Series Championship with a WIN!  Our first win of our short racing career.

Strong southerly winds provided a challenging start, with one boat dropping out before the race even got under way.  We battled right off the mark with Bella Rosa on our port side and Fly-Bye-Wire on our starboard.  The first leg was a long down wide run to the pin buoy off Malagash Point.  We took the second mark with a small lead and worked our way efficiently up wind. 

Every tack was perfect as was the sail trim.   Our line was spot on.  The boat worked as well as it ever did which allowed us to finish 4 minutes ahead of the next challenger.  We had a great crew:  Mark, Mike D., and Maria V., joined Jude and I.

Great start to the 2011 weekend race season!

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