Friday, April 29, 2011
It was just like old times today. Glen, Brian, Scott and I took LinGin out on a gorgeous day and had a fantastic time. There were four races in winds ranging from 10 to 25 kts. Scott had SEVEN, count them, SEVEN, sets, douses and resets today. Brian and Scott had dozens of tacks and Glen had the pleasure of scrambling all over the boat. Needless to say at the end of the day we were exhausted!
J Bergquist and Calliope were on fire today! Finishing 1-1-5-1, J was fast, chose the right side of the course reliably and had some excellent crew work. We were solid in our chase after J: 2-2-1-2. We're only leading by one point, but there are four more races scheduled so it will be exciting to see how it turns out.
We seemed to pick the wrong side of the course and I had a few terrible starts. I also misjudged a few port-starboard crossings, costing us some speed and distance with abrupt tacks. We had excellent spinnaker work with very few mistakes. By the end of the racing we seemed to have knocked the rust off and were working pretty well.
Tomorrow David and Mackenzie join the crew. We're looking forward to the help!
This video was made by Brian Palmer back in 2005 when we had an epic race back from Oxford. Watch the whole thing and you'll be "in" on a LinGin crew joke about Scott and sandwiches.
The first Wednesday Night Race of 2011 saw high winds as a storm edged by to the west of the course. We had a nice start; AYC has given the Alberg class its own start this year, so the line is not crowded. The A1 course was quick and the wind was high enough that despite all of Garrett's work setting up the chute, we couldn't fly it.
Calliope passed us going into the harbor to take the lead and looked poised to take 1st right at the finish. With the wind coming out of the Spa Creek bridge, we pinched to stay above the moored boats. Calliope stayed with full power, sailing low and fast, but into the moored boats. When she had to tack onto starboard at the docks, we ducked her, but the extra tack she had to take to get to the finish line cost her the race.
Nice work crew!
Once back at the dock, Nick used his grinder to remove the broken turning block that's been stuck on the boat for a year. Check out this night picture.