Matador² - the fantastically expensive boat that destroyed IOR Maxi racing by making the whole existing fleet, about 20 great boats, completely obsolete. Thank you, Mr. Koch. Jim Kilroy and the others were not amused.
A thing of beauty at Big Boat was watching the Australians come reaching in to the St Fancy buoy in front of the bar, do a peel jibe at the mark about a 100' off the rocks and have the blooper up and flying in 3-4 boat lengths for the port run down the city front.We had to work out if we were going to gybe again later which cleared them or if not, we often went up and swapped halyards aloft so that we could peel later if needed.
The bow-mans job was very different back then with many manouvers you don't see much these days. Gybe peels at wing marks (remember wing marks?) were either a smooth flowing elegant manouver and a joy to observe when carried out skillfully.... or a complete cluster-fuck with much accompanying profanity.
Damn, it was beautiful up there. Rest your elbows on the head of the kite and just look around.
Yeah, the driver was always a little more enthusiastic about me coming down right now than I was. Never fully broached, but a kite luff and snap fill gets pretty energetic.Yeah, sometimes <lol>
I once got to "enjoy" a roundup while at the masthead of a 54-footer. For the first few seconds it was kinda cool to wonder how close I was going to get to the water... then it became apparent I was at the whippy end of a pretty long pendulum, and when the boat snapped back upright it was downright exciting for a second.
Knocking meathooks off wire halyards every race with the back of your rigging knife and doing the mental math: "What percentage of these strands have I actually knocked off? It can't be they are all the same damn strand.")Going up at night on a Swan on a stainless steel halyard (whose bright idea was that?) and doing the untwist, then down, snap the halyard you were just on to the new kite, hoist, fill the kite with a bang and then that halyard breaks. Gives you a small moment to consider life, before leaping into action to stop the kite going under the boat. Happy days.