Saturday, June 08, 2013

First Race Fiasco SYSCO Thursday Night Summer Series 2013
There was a race, but we did not sail it. The board called out a "W" course, but we sailed a "WW". My statistician wrote done the "W" correctly. When he wrote down the marks, he wrote the marks for the "WW" course. The "W" course is Start-1(which is buoy 2)-4-Finish. The "WW" course is double that, Start-1 (which is buoy 2)-4-1(which is buoy 2)-4-Finish. Once we realized what we had done we went to the finish and at least we did not get a DNF. Everyone else finished within 45 minutes, we finished in one hour and fifteen minutes. Geeeesh.

We had a decent start. We were about 3rd over the line. Others were early and got themselves very out of shape for the start. We were fourth around the first windward mark. We decided not to put up the pole. We were doing fairly well to begin with, but soon started to loose ground with those who had put up their poles. We put up our pole. But we had lost much ground by then. We were 5 around the leeward mark. We were even behind Trigger. Since we thought we had another windward mark to go to we went way out into the channel on port tack. We turned the corner and headed downstream to the windward mark. We were rounding the mark when we noticed La Dolce Vita furling her sails. We commented that something must have happened to them. Someone must have been hurt or something broke. We put up the pole this time and made good time to the leeward mark. That's when we noticed that there were only the big cruising boats down there. I asked to look at the course sheet again. That's when we realized we had sailed the wrong course. We turned around and headed upwind to the finish line and finished the race. We noticed the race committee yelling at us as we went by the committee boat the second time, but could not understand what they said. They were probably trying to tell us we were doing the wrong course.

We had a new crew member last night, to. What a night to show him the lines. Hope he comes back. He proved to be a valuable fore deck person.

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