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NoStrings

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In Topic: Pacific Cup 2016

22 July 2016 - 02:16 AM

Hard pressed to recall a lower point in my life...maybe when my marriage broke up 10 years ago?  I dunno.  Can only say that having to retire from the race after sailing just 180 miles has resulted in the worse case of the blues you can imagine- right now, we're feeling lower than whale shit.  Just so randomly unfair.  Pretty sporty conditions that first night (but nothing we didn't sign up for, or hadn't seen before), 25-28 knots TWS, 70 degree AWA, blasting through big, breaking seas at 9.5-12 knots boatspeed, double reef, 85% jib rolled up to 75%, moon out, spirits high.  After 1.5 years of constant preparation, training, hard work and HUGE expense, we're finally on our way, and it looks to be a fast passage, definitely.  Robb, down below getting ready to come up for the 0200-0600 watch.  Boat gets lifted, big wave breaks on the beam; Robb loses handhold and gets flung (other crew said it looked like "he got shot out of cannon") clear across the beam of the boat, landing right on a steel bar that protects the stove.  The bar did its job- stove fine.  But Robb?  Ugh.  Two busted ribs.  Had we been further along and the wind more backed, we probably would have continued.  But with less than 10% of the course sailed, Robb in utter agony and no idea whether he had a punctured lung, lacerated or burst spleen- no way to tell but no way can that chance be taken less than 200 miles out- we turn around.  Bitterness.  Sadness.  Melancholy.  Have not been able to follow the race- just too heartbreaking.  Anyone else experience this level of disappointment?  It's absolutely devastating, crushing.  Then when we read SA's description that "marginal boats and sailors are retiring," we went absolutely ape-shit:  E-mailed the editor and invited him to kiss our asses.  Fuck that asshole for taking such a cruel, inaccurate swipe at the boats that drew the short straws.  We'll get our shot again next year, in Transpac.  Until then.....

It sucks, but take comfort in having made the right decision. Broken ribs weren't going to improve in this years conditions, and like you said, the risk of an internal injury made your choice a no brainer. On the up side, you guys are pretty much ready to go next July. As for the front page nitwits...fuck 'em.  


In Topic: Dear Newport Bermuda Organizing Authority...

21 July 2016 - 06:02 AM

Abilyn didn't meet the requirements for the Newport Bermuda race. It's basically black and white. So they threw a shit fit, and proposed to sail the "non race race" anyway, promising not to interfere if possible.

 

This is kind of like being turned down for dinner by a woman, then insisting on sticking your dick in her face.  

 

Abilyn, if you want to do these events, then SPEND THE FUCKING TIME to work with the OA to get the rules adapted to provide Minis a class start.  Twit.


In Topic: Pacific Cup 2016

21 July 2016 - 05:51 AM

Wolfpack is about 18 hours from being the fourth boat across the line. Followed by a Moore 24.  I don't give a crap what the front page says...these people have sailed their asses off. 10 days in a Moore?  That 's crazy.  


In Topic: Pacific Cup 2016

20 July 2016 - 04:37 AM

My former boat (in my profile pick) is charging up to the front. Enough runway to catch Mas!? Tough. They are in a good position though and the forecast looks like fun!

Bill and Melinda are really tearing it up, making a statement...you can buy it back after this race you know...


In Topic: Pacific Cup 2016

15 July 2016 - 07:21 AM

Cetacea and Serenity have made hard lefts back towards land...no bloody idea.