Didn't get a lot of play on this so here's how it played out...
I'll give the volunteer high marks for brass and low marks for cranial lead.
0/ They tied in the reef and put some tension on the sheet so it didn't flog the sail to pieces during the storm
1/ During the tail of the storm they went head to wind
2/ They hoisted Johnny up the mast
(still blowing about 18-20)
3/ Johnny cut the halyard and they dropped the sail.
4/ They motored into the marina
5/ They hoisted Johnny up again and he ran a line down the mast
6/ They hauled the line through and only then discovered it was a 2:1 hoist
7/ Johnny went up again and the ran the second lap
8/ Pulled through a new halyard
9/ Motored out and made the start which was 45 minutes delayed
10/ Came in 3rd in class
It's not over until it's over...
I wish I didn't have my hands full with the J24 and had a chance to snap some photos. It was amazing to look up and see this guy up the mast with the pole rocking 15 degrees off vertical each way.
BTW - Are challenges done? Who's writing up the next one?