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#301 Ajax

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 03:54 PM

Wow, that's some start with those Merlins! Thanks for all the good advice. :)

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 03:40 PM

Well, I have to say my racing and cruising weekend seems to have gone better than yours Ajax. Two 48 mile point to point races, one Friday and another back home on Sunday.  Was a difficult start on Friday, approximately 30 miles of light, bumpy, shifty, downwind sailing followed by the breeze clocking and filling in nicely.  The kite did become a bit of a handful with only 2 of us close reaching in the upper teens. Should have put up the flat kite.  Managed to finish third, not too bad for the slowest boat in the fleet.  Trip home was solid.  Not the most fun start line/area but once that was clear away we went. Nice kite reach, this time with the flat one up.  Sunshine, breeze in the low teens on the beam and away we go.  As the breeze clocked and built fortunately we managed to hold onto our kite for about an hour longer than any of the other boats. Another less than fun kite drop, but it did come down dry, in one piece, and not perforated.  Finished the race to find out we were on the podium again, this time at the top.  WooHoo! As an extra bonus the icebox still had ice in it from Thursday morning. Good news for holidays. t minus 11 days and counting.



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 04:04 PM

Glad to hear someone is getting to the podium.



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 06:15 PM

Come race with us Ajax, guaranteed podium spot as there would be only one other boat on the line... ugh.



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 06:21 PM

You probably don't need ice either.



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 11:57 AM

You guys crack me up.

 

Last night was kind of a mess. The race started right as a flurry of lightning happened, with an approaching storm cell.

It was a downwind start, and I held off on the spinnaker set because I was seconds away from bailing out, and just couldn't decide what to do.

 

In the end, we continued on but I screwed us royally by nixing the spinnaker set.



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 01:30 PM

You're racing until you're not racing.  Anything else is always a fuck up.

 

It's the yachting version of play to the whistle.







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