I bailed on a race this weekend in the northern Gulf of Mexico. I never do that but I was on the club's Capri 22 with green crew, 20 knots of wind, a motor that would not start initially and an unknown maintenance history for the recently donated boat. My commands of head up, fall off, pinch and go to the high side were not immediately understood by the new helmsman and his son.
We approached the starting area where I noticed that the main was not set up to reef quickly and there was a halyard fouling the roller furling. I took stock and saw that our hand didn't look very strong and turned for home.
Sitting by the pool at the club, we heard USCG Mobile's many broadcasts and a boat on our race course putting out a mayday. Another boat on our course had many college student aboard that got to bail like hell as a through hull was overlooked on a recent service. There was a bad mojo in the air Saturday and my crew was awfully glad we headed for home.