Re: So Memorial weekend this happens......
It sucked the night it happened, but in the end it's just a big ol' piece of plastic. Nothing too important really. It will get fixed in short order. I'm just very glad no one got hurt. Once I realized we were definitely going to hit, I could have called for a crash tack but that would have tacked us right into the rock breakwater on the other side, and since no one was ready, probably got someone hurt. One of the guys ran forward to fend us off, and I'm very glad he thought better of it at the last second.
The good news is that I'll have plenty of help. 3 of the 5 people on the boat were members of our "sisters under sail" group at the YC. Not only do they feel bad about my boat, but they kind of owe me since I let them restore their boat in my shop on the weekends all winter. I found that they don't like sanding much though. I'll have to cure them of that.
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John USYacht 27 "Cora Lee"