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    Ker 43 Ptarmigan

    Good luck Bill! Hope all is well and your mods pay off! H
  3. houlie41

    Ker 43 Ptarmigan

    Thursday's races were Gill Cup W/L's, so sail selection was easy. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were point to point around the island type of races with various angles, wind conditions, and seas. Otra Vez (Kerr 43) being such a technical boat has many options as Bill pointed out above for sail selectioin. We attempted to utilize staysails, MH Code 0, Frac Code 0, and various spinnakers. Many mistakes were made and time lost in attempting to put these up and take them down. The consensus was we needed more practice and experience with hosting and peeling on Otra Vez to become proficient with the inventory. Bill's choice for Sunday made it easy to concentrate on pure sailing. speed, tactics, and reading the weather. It proved to be the right call. Our primary competition was a "VERY" well sailed boat called Highland Fling with local Peter Gilmore on board. They nearly swept the class except for our win on Sunday. Congratulations to them for their hard earned victory. I'm quite proud of where we have come in such a short time. We are all looking forward to the rest of the year and continuing to get better as a team. There is no doubt in our minds that we have "The Weapon" and are only limited by our own skill set. BTW, Thanks Bill for a great ride! H
  4. houlie41

    Ker 43 Ptarmigan

    Gonna have to check the harness closely!!! Went up the rig 13 times in Key West! Also, I'm gonna sharpen up the ole knife on "Skeletool"! "A Cowboy's work is never done"!
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    Ker 43 Ptarmigan

    Thanks "Clean" for giving us the front page today! Can't ask for a better owner than Bill! The boat was prepared and we had all the things we needed to win. I thought we did really well considering only one person had ever been on the boat before KWRW. A couple of days of practice and then 5 days of racing, very steep learning curve, but we hung in there! The boat has very few issues that need addressing. Its headed to St Maarten, then St Barths. Looking forward to those regattas! Hope by then we have the main halyard lock issue addressed, as 13 times up the rig in 7 days left quite a few bruises. I'm sure our capable Boat Captain, Dave Shriner will have us ready when we hit the Islands! On the velcro vs yarn issue, I would drop the grade Bill gave from B to C-. It worked sorta, but was not really a good answer. It really didn't allow the tack or head to be tightly wrapped. Better than nothing, but not by much.