kai - We did NOT turn on our engine! At about 0300, we thought about it, but decided to hold off until it was a physical impossibility to finish on time. Luckily, that didn't happen and we finished 20 minutes before the 21 hour cutoff. It was amazing that after all that time, two boats in our class were right next to us at the finish. At least one of them used their boat hook to pole out the jib. Unfortunately, we didn't have a protest flag on board or we would have protested, had them DSQ'd, and moved up a place. Since we knew that we were battling for the back of the class, there really wasn't much point to protesting except to stroke the ego. Since 28% of the fleet DNF'd, 15th was ok for the first time. Next year, we'll be on time over the start instead of 9 min late!
It was a fun race. I'm not sure that I've ever experienced that wide a range of conditions in 21 hours. From 5-10 kts to dead calm, to 20 kts, to 30kts with t'storms/rain to dead calm to another t'storm on the way home that night.
We didn't stay long for the part since the crew had to get places, but we went ashore to buy souvenirs (they were out of lg/xl shirts!)
Sabre 38 "Victoria"