|From 2009 NOOD|
The third day of the NOOD started with very light winds. The RC delayed the start for a bit until the wind filled in and we could make headway against the current.
We had a decent start, but chose the wrong side of the course for the first leg. With a nice set and some fast downwind sailing we were in 3rd. For a bit I though we were gaining on Laughing Gull and Argo as they seemed of have sailed into a lull, but a short time later, things seemed reversed as we went through a lull and they had wind.
On the final leg, we chose the right side of the course and coming into the finish we felt good about catchin Laughing Gull. However, a 20+ degree header blew that away and we finished in 3rd.
The crew work was great. Garrett, Ray, Glen and David did great work out there. We had 2 sets and 2 douses and little room for error. They did an excellent job even in the abscence of our esteemed foredeckman, Mr. Whaley.
I think I have some things to focus on in terms of keeping in the puffs downwind (pressure is king!), but overall our boat speed was good. This one was a little of "you win some, you lose some" when it comes to the course choices you make.
I hope everyone had a great time out there. It was tons of fun! Hats off to Argo and Andante. They did some great racing. I look forward to the continuing battle for High Point!
Results are here.