Originally Posted by Cap'n Russ
At least you had wind. I crewed in last year's race and we were begging for more wind the entire way down and then lost all wind within sight of the finish line and had to retire.
I remember last year's race very well. Like you, the door tried to slam in our face one mile from the finish line. We drifted and tweaked the sails, trying every super-light-air-trick I know of.
At about 1/2 mile from the line, a light breeze filled in from behind. We popped the spinnaker and crossed the line at 6 knots before it died. We finished 8th of 12 last year.
...and it was hot
that morning. This year was much better.