But anyway, back to your race day, Jim.... stuff happens and at least you made it through the day with no really expensive issues to deal with.
Yes, no injuries and no serious damage made the day a success, in my view.
(obviously the other boat realizing your position and avoiding collision is a huge saving grace - btw did you get protested on your first race??)
That wasn't our first race. It was our third. But it was our first race in that kind of weather. (Sailflow said 15-20 kts, gusting to 25 to 27. A couple of the boats that'd been out there said it was more like 20-25 kts, gusting to 30.)
No point in protesting us--we finished last, anyway
. We were 30 minutes
behind the 1st-place boat in our class.
Finishing is good.. and you can only get better from here!
I would hope so.
We finished 18th out of a fleet of 21 in our first race. Had never raced before, the crew had never sailed with us before, using the 31-year-old, original sails, rigging was out-of-whack, started late.
Second race: The new sails on, the rigging straightened-out, The Admiral and I had studied-up on sail trim, the crew had a better idea of how the boat worked. We got a good start. Came in 2nd in our class (only 59 seconds out of 1st), 3rd over-all in JAM. Winds were more 5-10 knots. Big
Obviously we need more practice in heavy air. (For example: I just found out from The Admiral that she'd been experiencing a lee helm on both legs going to weather. That explains a lot. If I'd realized it at the time...) Next season we're going to go out and practice with our crew. Participation in this race series wasn't planned.
And yes: We need to improve our situational awareness skills.