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post #6 of Old 07-17-2007
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I've sailed in two Chi-Macs. This heavy/no air seems typical. We slapped around one night with the spinnaker wrapping around the headstay off the Michigan coast, clearing the chute so we could pass thirty boats on a steady puff, and then blew it out the next day at the Manitous in an unexpected wave-induced gybe. Dead calms, followed by hail a half-inch deep on deck, until it's blasted off by 50-knot squalls that drive the boat, bare-poled, at 8 knots towards Mackinac. One day I came on watch to see the schooner America dead astern with no steerage. Another, we romped under the bridge with boats on both sides like carousel horses, running with us to the finish. It's a race all the way, no matter what the conditions.
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