Day 2 of the Regatta was Sunday. After too many celebratory drinks and a 3:30 AM head
down we were back on duty at 9:00 AM. Sunday was a race half way back on the same course to One-15 Marina.
It was going to be a timed pursuit race which I thought was pretty cool. Everyone will have an actual corrected time but the starts were staggered so the boats might bunch up at the end. We started 65 minutes after the first boat. The Mumms started 80 minutes after the first boat and the TP started at something like 120 minutes after the first boat.
It was a beautiful day with about 15 kts for the long beat out to Eastern buoy. I was working the bow and mast
having given up my spot on the Genny. There aren't a lot of people who love the mast, including me, but it is a very technical position and very important to the success of the team.
Unfortunately we were real early to the line and even though I was shouting well in advance that we were early we didn't manage the boat well and probably were 10-15 seconds early - dumb mistake. We went back and restarted and away we went.
5 minutes into the first leg we blew out the genoa
- split horizontally about 1/3 down from the top - we actually worked pretty fast getting the cruising jib
up but were gonna be at a disadvantage with the smaller sail. Already a busy day on the foredeck.
We settled into a rhythm of tacks and my job consisted pretty much of getting the jib
clearly past the mast, skirting it and then getting my big butt on the rail.
About 500 meters from the first mark we looked back and saw the TP52 in the distance. It looked to be a couple of km back. We then got busy rigging
the spinnaker and pole and getting ready to round the mark. We rounded and there was a ship in front of us so we delayed the lift
until we had maneuvering room. The wind was fairly brisk probably 10-g15.
We made a successful lift
, lowered and secured the jib and settled on to the rail and then, like a batteship the TP52 came roaring by going like the clappers. They caught us like a flash! Oh, well - they are supposed to do that.
The Mumms were loving life and they caught us and passed us on the run as well. We then started to reel in some of the earlier starters as well.
As we drove into shore we saw a pretty good rainstorm right on the coast. We talked about it and I predicted (accurately) that the rain storm was going to back the onshore wind and it would be tough going close in.
We kept following the lemmings for a while and then we saw the TP basically park right on the shore. There was a Swan 40 and couple of other boats there as well.
We dropped the spinnaker and hardened up well off shore and while we weren't zooming along we were making ground on everyone including reeling the Mumms back in a bit who didn't go all the way in but were further in shore than us. Brilliant. We ghosted along for about 20 minutes and then the rain shower
stopped and the on-shore breeze was allowed to come in.
We had two advantages, we got the wind first, being upwind, and we were closer to the finish. We got the boat going again and I reckoned to the skipper
that we had about a 3 minute jump on the TP. Sure enough a couple of minutes later she just took off. A very beautiful thing to watch.
As conditions built everyone was trying to figure out the correct sail combination. We eventually raised an Assymetric and were really catching it.
Then we blew the mainsail
- Well it wasn't a complete blow out but the boltrope failed between two cars and a big slot opened up at the luff. Fortunately it was up high and the sail didn't split and we managed to finish the last couple of km with it.
They shortened the course by about 3km and that probably worked in our favor as well. But it really favored the slow boats because everyone bunched up in that parking lot. I didn't get our results and I am waiting to see them posted on the RSYC website.
The next leg is an ocean passage
to Tioman Island off the coast of Malaysia
in the South China
Sea. Unfortunately I can't do that one. That would have been fun...
After the finish we motor
sailed to one-15 to secure the boat and I got the bonus of helming that final distance - Whoo, hoo! I did pretty good on the bow and through 4 sail changes didn't make any major mistakes
. We did lose the asymetric bag over the rail but that wasn't really my bad because I wasn't the one who set it on the rail and forgot to clip it on.
While chatting with the Skipper
, I asked about replacement sails
and he estimates about $16,000 for new sails
. And those are probably cheap
. He said a set of sails for the TP would run about $40,000! That's a lot of boat bucks...
So I have decided that while regattas are fun, beating the crap out of your boat is not the wisest thing to do. If you are gonna race get a racing
boat. Cruisers can go fast but they are cruisers.
Speaking of racing boats - the Western Circuit is coming up and I have a secured position trimming on a J24. I love racing the J24 because in one design racing you really know how you are doing all the time. And if something breaks I have a much better chance of being able to afford fixing it - LOL.
I'll keep you all posted on that one - Our first practice is August 10th.