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Re: Big Freakin' Sails
Well, the race was really fun. And we won, and took third.
It was actually broken into two races over two days...from Galveston to Freeport, then the return the next day.
The first leg was a full-fleet race with a staggered start based on PHRF. We were second across the line and had a bit of a loose beat all the way to Freeport. We rolled the boat in front of us within 5 miles, doing 7+ knots in 15-20knot winds - and were out in front the rest of the day. We kept first overall until the last 5 miles when the wind started dying to 8-10 and clocking around to head us, killing our speed.
Being a Pearson 365 Ketch - she's a pig in light air. It was excruciating being so close yet so slow. So, we were passed by 2 Beneteau 40s who had a better line in the last couple of miles. But 3rd overall wasn't bad sailing considering there were several J-Boats and a MacGregor 65 in the fleet.
The race back was broken into 3 classes, PHRF-Spin, PHRF-Non-Spin and Pursuit (for us slow boats). We easily won our class (by almost an hour) and were only passed by the spin fleet. No other non-spin boats caught us.
The winds were between 15-22 knots the whole way back, with 4-6 seas. Just perfect. We were on a beam reach holding 6+ knots the whole way. Steering was pretty tiring with the rolly seas but it was a freakin' blast! Write-up and pics coming soon.
I like this whole winning ocean races thing.
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S/V Dawn Treader - 1989 Hunter Legend 40
Last edited by smackdaddy; 05-07-2012 at 10:31 AM.