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Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
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It was a windy weekend, the Swiftsure race was held this same day, and 5 of the 30 or so boats in the long course broke the all time elapsed time record. Racers noted winds of up to 37 knots at the appropriately named "Race Rocks" 10 NM from the finish, and breezes held all the way.
My son was on a TP 52 that led to the first mark, but had to divert to Neah Bay to allow the USCG to airlift a heart attack victim (the owner) after which they carried on and were the last boat to beat the record! The victim is going to recover just fine.
There were several gear failures, one dismasting, but overall the carnage was minimal given the conditions. Kudos to all the crews and their skills to navigate this challenging course.