Strange day for the final of Ahmanson. The downwind blast from Long Beach to Newport Beach was fully cloaked as an upwind beat in the standard (although larger than usual) slop off that part of the SoCal coast. Major challenge for drivers and main trimmers with minimal jib adjustment tossed in to occasionally wake the rail weight up - four intentional tacks and one of the crash variety (see below). Breeze 15 - 20 all day and never further aft than about 45.
Great to see Windward Passage and Ragtime come at us from behind. Passage finished just in front of us (after first hitting the beach near the line ahead and to leeward) and Rags didn't quite get by. As we were about to finish a large cruising boat (NHYC opening day racer) went into irons right at the committee boat in our path. Crash tack onto port got us over the line and away from the mess.
Bottom line, in spite of our 1, 2, 16 record, we managed to maintain a one point lead over Amante (Choate 48) and clinch the 2013 Ahmanson Cup. For those interested Fletch was on Amante yesterday and, as usual, entertaining after racing.