13.6 Knots surfing downwind on and S2 9.1 in Marblehead around 1987 after we ripped the first reef and had to double reef before the start. I asked how we were going to take the chute down and my uncle said your going to go up the and pull the pin on the guy. I said I'm not going up there. After burying the bow to the shrouds a few times the chute gave up and it was a bit easier to take down. Going up wind a bit later we hit a wave and stopped, but the mast kept going. Bonus, no sails to fold after we cut the mast with bolt cutters.
And 1993 BIRW round the island race on a Tripp 26 factory boat Northern Light reaching round the back of the island hitting probably 18 or so, going by J 44's like they were standing still. Tom Donnelly owned the molds and was with him for the week. I was one of his sponsers to get him into the CPYC in Winthrop and he gave me a great hard covered book about Shackleton"s Endorance. Anyone run into Tom lately? He may be back in Ireland.