jsmin: You clearly don't know big chicken, so your accusations/suggestions just make you look bad. apologize and move on. (You won't win this argument if you keep at it.)
My experience with Bay Week this year started with me being pissed that the J-29 fleet went form having our own class, to being jammed in with PHRF-C. I would not have taken my boat all the way out there to race PHRF. When I said that to Bob, his response was "It was too late, sorry." That was a load of shit. When I signed up for the regatta, I was listed on the site in the J-29 class, and there were 4 boats. The J-105s only had 4 boats, and they got a start, so the "5 boat minimum" argument doesn't hold water either. There were never 5 J-105s, and never 5 J-29s. We had a class last year, and didn't this year. When I left the dock on Wednesday for the transport, the website said we had a class. When I arrived at the dock Thursday afternoon, the scratch-sheet said we did not. I spent money on hotel rooms for crew, and even flew my foredecker in from NY for the weekend. If I hadn't had about $1,500 and 8h of transport into it at that point, or I would have left and gone home.
Friday racing was what it was. I didn't mind the 'around the islands' too much, but wish the course would have been explained a little better. 5-6 of the boats in the class headed out to a mark we were to round on starboard. Only to realize that everyone else was taking the mark to starboard...by about .5mi. Having everyone round it to port would have also avoided 1-2 boats running aground while cutting off the corner. After that, it was just a drag race for the next 3h. I can't blame the course for my performance on the second race. I think we were the 2nd boat to the first mark, and then promptly put our kite in the water so we could let the entire fleet...and the next one...cruse on by. O-Well.
Saturday was a slow, and cluttered race. We did pretty well, and felt like if we could have hung out another 20-30min, the wind would have picked up. But racing was canceled for the day, and we headed in.
From there I got cracked on the head with my spinnaker pole while rigging a sun-shade at the dock. I got to take a helicopter ride to Metro in Cleveland for a quick head/neck CT scan...so Synergy didn't get a chance to play on Sunday. I can't comment on that racing. I'm sure I gave people at the dock something to talk about, so that was my little contribution to the weekend. (I got 3 text-messages from people asking if I saw the accident on A-dock.)
More than likely that I'll have a J-105 next year, so I'll be back. I should have stayed in Cleveland this year though.