Well Sabreman pretty well described the conditions we experienced. We put in one reef for a couple of hours between 1800-0000, but I had some beef on the rail. We mainly put the reef in for the comfort level of the crew while I was off watch. As soon as I heard a mumble about not needing the reef we shook it out.
We finished at 1130 for 6th in our fleet of 14. Mike Ironmonger on his Sabre 38 won our class, beating us by three hours and change. We have a few area where we know we can improve and look forward to the next time.
A couple of things should be mentioned to highlight the incredible joy of sailing this race. The parting of the clouds during the 0000-0400 watch revealing the Universe above was awe inspiring. Equally amazing was the biolumenesence which lit our bow wave like an led flashlight and bloomed in our wake like lookoing at lightning fro above the clouds, reminding us of the amazing Universe beneath our hulls.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36