Gov Cup and the Solomon's Invitational are not races against other boats, they're a race against the dawn.
My first year, I raced my Coronado 25 and was forced to retire.
With a rating of 225, I knew this boat just wasn't going to cut it.
Two years ago, I bought the Pearson 30. Last year, we barely beat the morning shutdown and finished 8th of 13.
This year, I bought a kevlar 155%. We finished 5th of 7 and shaved around five hours
from our finishing time. The sky only showed a hint of any illumination and the breeze was still blowing strong as we crossed the line.
Beat the sunrise, or perish in the dying, morning breeze.