Joe Fly is out of the race. We don't know why yet, though they did have the kite halyard hang up on the jib drum at the hounds on the drop. They're sailing upwind with only a main, and just radioed Luigi...shit!
Here are some photos from yesterday and this morning.
On the Gold course, bow number 4 led 55 and 27 at the leeward gate and maintained that lead over the same two boats at the second windward mark. On the Silver course, bow number 23 led 1 and 95 at the leeward gate and at the second windward mark bow number 23 led 71 and 95.
Just heard our gal pal and former Inside Voice, Lamorak, Sevenstar crew Laura Muma found a ride on Cold Duck in the silver fleet today after one of their crew came down with a nasty lung/gastro infection. Go Muma.
Joe Fly broke something on their mast - my guess is that it's the ever-problematic jib sheave that a bunch of boats have already broken. There's a fix from Melges, but it's still no good. Look for that to change this year at some point. Harry and Andy tried to get a zipper luff system passed at the AGM last year, but it didn't pass, and there's still no good solution. Harry's idea was a T-ball at the hounds to replace the current wire halyard and sheave, with the sail going up on a zipper.
Sad result, and tough regatta for Joe Fly, who just won the very tight Italian Nationals just three weeks ago here in Sardinia at Cagliari.
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From our shore crew: "Joe Fly in marina - out of the races for remainder. The owner (can't remember his name) looked so dejected I wanted to hug him. He didn't know the word in English but he said something serious broke and couldn't be repaired in a short time - something about where the mast attaches to the boat but couldn't get more info. from him. he really didn't want to talk. don't blame him. and I was getting bummed doing computer work in the yacht club. guess he's gotta be REALLY bummed.
Go Carlo and Hoochy Coochy!"
Giovanni is such a sweet guy, and so hugely passionate about racing, and this sucks ass. Maybe he'll switch to Ullman now...