Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:27 PM
Pam and I sailed the Kettle Cup in FL three weeks ago. We held our own to windward, but there were two Buccaneer 18's that ripped me a new a-hole on the downwind leg. They just.....disappeared. If interested Jimmy Yurko has a few on hand. His contact is jimmydyurko and is at gmail dot com.
A few miscellaneous thoughts regarding the Kettle Cup:
You may ask yourself, "Geez Art, why drive halfway across the country for one race!" Well, we have a family member close by (Pam's Grandad), who enjoys our company, so we thought, why not drag the boat - a perfect opportunity to make a few friends.
There were 46 boats in various classes.
Basically, we finished middle of the pack. With the exception of a Daysailer on Saturday, we were the only boat (V15) in Portsmouth without a kite. I recall a couple of Buccs, a Viper 640, Daysailer, Laser 2, 29er XX, and a garage built viper knockoff (can't remember the name). In all but one race, the faster boats had a slight advantage, as the winds tailed off during the course of the race. However, I should mention the crews that finished ahead of us were clearly more accomplished. I should also mention that those who placed behind us were clearly more accomplished.
Lake Monroe is an excellent venue to hold a race. In fact, in times past, an annual regatta with hundreds of boats attending (the peak being ~ 700) was held on Lake Monroe. Unfortunately, in the name of development, the local municipality decided to remove the beach area, thus ending the regatta. B Carter can probably elaborate.
The Lake is situated on the shores of a really cool town; Sanford. In fact, Sanford's Main Street is walkable from the marina, and will remind you of kind of a mini Bourbon Street without the drunks or hairy guys in tutus. Granted, this will dissapoint some, but that's another story.
The Raider contengency was there, and raced in their own fleet. I met the designer and the builder of the Raider - two very cool guys. They said to tell my fellow TCCers howdy. So......HOWDY !!
Everyone we met was first class. Thanks to Brent and MaryAnn for showing us the town - you guys looked awesome zipping around on your 29er.
If at all possible, we will attend next year. I'm sure Pam's grandad would appreciate another visit.