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post #28 of Old 07-25-2012
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Re: 104th Running of the Chicago / Mac

Wow!- Race for the racing classes was a champagne cruise. The poor cruisers had a beat Friday afternoon in 15 knots which later subsided. We saw them heading to the beach at Belmont as we prepped the boat. Starting at 11:30 on Saturday we had the genoa up at the start for about a minute. Popped the chute and switched spinnakers twice the rest of the race. Sailed the race in shorts and a T-shirt the whole time. No need for a blanket at night. No rain, no storms, and no bugs. Racing was close with lots of boats around you the whole race. We made two 50-50 calls that didn't go our way but finished 7th out 23 in our section which was pretty good beating some pretty good boats. 47 hours and change is a fast race for the Beneteau 38 I was on. Juliana had to suffer through the first day beat and had a much longer elapsed time of 65 hours. Still a fast race and congrats to Juliana on their first race.
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