Smack, fun trailer, can’t wait for the movie. Like to see more of the Pearson action. I saw on the chart plotter that you were running at 6.7 kts. Not bad. What was the crew size, three or four? Being in the “Pursuit” class, did that mean you started early based on your PHRF number? Or does this have a different meaning in the Gulf. Nice to note that everybody (including the big Mac) sails with a bimini. We are even getting one when we head down to Mexico in a couple of years. Again, congrats on a race well sailed.
We hit 7.3 at the start, with 18-22 knots of wind (perfect conditions). I think that was our top speed. Things lightened a bit during the day, but we maintained 6+ for most of the race.
We had a crew of 3 - but Kat is a bit of newb and was along to learn (although she was very enthusiastic and a hell of a lot of fun). So the steering, trimming, grinding, bow, etc. was left to Jim and myself.
You're right about the Pursuit class. We started early based on PHRF. What was great though was that only the spin boats caught us. As long as we've got 15+ knots of wind that Pearson will really move. But, man, she's a 20,000lb pig in light air.
And I'm with you on the bimini. I actually prefer this kind of "fast cruising" to the hardcore racing. I just like getting out there and sailing - seeing how much we can get out of the boat - but still having great food, comfy seats, some shade, very little screaming, and lots of fun.