Yesterday was complete metal on the water. 25 gusting to 30+ knts, big waves, nasty weather. What a BLAST! We were racing Swale, an S2 7.9 on Lake Ray Hubbard for the normal Wednesday night beer can race. Many of our normal competitors didn't even go out so the racing fleet was about half as big as it normally is. I guess they were scared... We got out of the marina and as soon as we did we knew we were in for some craziness, the 100% jib filled and dipped our toe rail. We were totally over powered at times but we decided not to reef the main which proved to be a good decision though it made for some "sporty" sailing....
We had the spin ready to go but wisely decided, seconds before the start, to run wing on wing instead on the opening down wind leg. You can see in this picture what happened to Hotsy Totsy, a J-29 in the back ground....
We ended up tacking away from the fleet on the windward leg which was a good thing. The waves were bashing us and between the spray coming over the bow and the rain we were all soaked. The entire time we were heeling at 30+ degrees but still made great time.
We missed first place by nine seconds to a Viper 840 called Rented Mule. (They actually ran the first leg with spin successfully without broaching.)
Some straight up balls out racing! A BFS for sure!
Here's the crew soaked and happy last night, on our way home.
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