Friday's schedule starts ok - get the sammich makin's and get out to the skippers meeting.
7:00PM - Course discussion, bits and bobs. Some boats will clear immigration Friday night starting at 8PM.
7:45pm - Head
to bar. Have a bite to eat.
8:15 - Recall
all skippers to the ampitheater. Immigration didn't show. When called they stated that although they had agreed to clear the boats outside normal immigration hours (9am to 5pm) they have changed their mind. Now we are in trouble. Talks of a shortened course but many skippers are already gone. Crews are scattered to the winds. Definitely will be racing
by 10am but no passage
race for sure.
We decided to not call our crew. We had 2 cars arranged for pick ups around the island and not knowing what the schedule will be it would be better to have everyone at the marina.
The rest of the evening proceeds as planned. Back to the bar, too much refreshment, midnight home, make sammiches, bed
by 2:30, wake up 3:30 pick up at 4:00.
We have plenty of time so we make coffee, eat some breakfast and get the boat out around 9. doing a couple of short courses. First is a 3 lap triangle and the second is a long 3 lap sausage.
We have decent conditions and end up with a 3rd in the first race. In the second race we end up in a port/starboard start line protest with 2 other boats. It took 2 days to hear the protest and get a result but at 10:30 last night we were DQ - We had our case and reasons but the committee didn't think so.
The biggest problem was that the crew plan was for a passage race and we had only 7 crew and 2 of them were new to the baot and 2 more are fairly inexperienced. Would no have been an issue on the passage but for windward lewards we like 9 people on the boat. The crew did awesome considering.
Yesterday we had 3 races planned and ended up finishing 2 in great sunny and windy conditions. Same courses as Saturday. We had 2 more crew. Both big guys (one is 6'7" and the other is like 6"5"). It was a lot more fun.
The triangle course favored us again and we got a 2nd in medium/strong conditions.
In the second race we again got into a protest at the start. We might have tacked pretty close to the line and some other boats. We didn't get a great result (probably 5th) so we decided not to defend the protest and retire.
So overall out of 5 races we have 2 twos a three and 2 eights. When we sail rather than get too aggressive we are doing great but the penalties have hurt us quite a bit. We are sitting 5th overall. We have a decent shot at 4th overall and a real outside chance at 3rd. We'll need good conditions and 3 races to have any chance at all.
I am posting
a couple of shots of us in action. Sail SIN 1231. Sial GBR 1865 is an Elan 340 that is in our class and we have a pretty good handle on them.
Sail HKG1507 is a First 47 that we are in front of as well.
Tune in next week for the finish!