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Re: Annapolis Newport race
Wow! That really is a very different story than I expected to read. I had heard that there was a lot of wind as the boats ran down the Bay, but once the low had passed, the wind had died away entirely.
Talking to folks who had followed the race online, tracks for some of the boats were circular reflecting the lack of progress and the changing of the tides. Quite a few boats dropped out, not because of too much wind, but because they could not make Newport in a reasonable time period.
That part about an hour long knock down is wild. I must say that sounds like one composed and skillful crew in the way that they handled that mess. I cannot even imagine what that must be like to be sliding down the Bay on your topsides, in the remnants of a tropical storm, trying to safely cut away a spinnaker and avoid downflooding while hauling a crewmate up the mast from a vertical deck.
Thanks for putting that up,
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