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08-08-2013 07:13 PM
PalmettoSailor
Re: SMCM Governor's Cup

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cap'n Russ View Post
They updated the standings. Bugbear came in 5 hours behind Wind Orchard to secure the DFL position, so much better than the DNFs they got the past 3 races.
Go the Bugbear!
08-08-2013 02:04 PM
Cap'n Russ
Re: SMCM Governor's Cup

They updated the standings. Bugbear came in 5 hours behind Wind Orchard to secure the DFL position, so much better than the DNFs they got the past 3 races.
08-08-2013 07:57 AM
BubbleheadMd
Re: SMCM Governor's Cup

Gov Cup and the Solomon's Invitational are not races against other boats, they're a race against the dawn.

My first year, I raced my Coronado 25 and was forced to retire.
With a rating of 225, I knew this boat just wasn't going to cut it.

Two years ago, I bought the Pearson 30. Last year, we barely beat the morning shutdown and finished 8th of 13.

This year, I bought a kevlar 155%. We finished 5th of 7 and shaved around five hours from our finishing time. The sky only showed a hint of any illumination and the breeze was still blowing strong as we crossed the line.


Beat the sunrise, or perish in the dying, morning breeze.
08-07-2013 06:23 PM
Cap'n Russ
Re: SMCM Governor's Cup

No reason to feel guilty, you guys raced a good race! You guys did look good sailing past us.

Regarding our tenacity. We were going to make the abandon decision at 3 pm Saturday. Luckily, the wind came up at 2:15 and we were able to get underway again. It would have been truly frustrating to come that far to abandon within the last 10 miles of the race.
08-07-2013 06:18 PM
PalmettoSailor
Re: SMCM Governor's Cup

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cap'n Russ View Post
Actually, Wind Orchard did not finish DFL, Bugbear did. We wanted to spare you guys the infamy!
I'd like to congratulate you guys on your tenacity.

We know what its like to see boats that finished ahead of you leaving before you get there, so I felt really guilty when we passed you as we were leaving to go down to Point Lookout Marina for the evening.

I hope they get you scored as there is no set time limit and I feel finishing this race is an accomplishment in itself. You deserve recognition for gutting it out.
08-07-2013 05:38 PM
Cap'n Russ
Re: SMCM Governor's Cup

Actually, Wind Orchard did not finish DFL, Bugbear did. We wanted to spare you guys the infamy!
08-07-2013 03:21 PM
johnnyquest37
Re: SMCM Governor's Cup

Congrats to Palmetto for resoundly beating Wind Orchid this year. We finished DFL, not only for the cruising class but for the entire fleet. Looking at the replay, we were respectively with the pack, albeit at the back of the pack. We rounded into St. Mary river about an hour or so behind most of you and we, too put up the spinnaker only to have it douse it with a header. Spent 90 minutes ghosting to the finish and at one time we even drifted backwards a bit.

It was another great evening sail, though. No complaints.
08-07-2013 01:54 PM
Cap'n Russ
Re: SMCM Governor's Cup

Yeah, we were quite ready to get off that boat! Our skipper hand-wrote our finish time on the results board (as per the SI) when we finally arrived, I'll tell him to follow-up with the race committee. We tried to raise them several times on 68 and via cell phone when we realized we weren't going to finish at a normal time but never got a response. I was the tactician for our crew and even though the tacks I chose pretty much matched those of the cruising class and then the fast boats later on, our boat was really slow and did not point well which caused us to trail the fleet down the Bay. Still, we were only about 2000 meters behind the next slowest boat in the cruising fleet when they rounded Point Lookout. We rounded Point Lookout at about 8:30 Saturday morning and the wind started to get fluky and fizzle. It went dead calm on us when we were about 5 miles up the river. Finally, at about 2:15, a light breeze came up and we started moving again. In total, we spent about 7 hours waiting on the breeze which is what really killed our time! When we finally made it to the St Mary's River, the wind was up and coming squarely down the river forcing us to use just about the entire width of the river on our tacks to keep our overall boat speed up. The crew did a magnificent job executing the tacks I called for as I monitored our progress on the charts, it was definitely our finest hour of the race.
08-07-2013 01:24 PM
Sabreman
SMCM Governor's Cup

They have you as DNF. That needs to be fixed.
08-07-2013 01:21 PM
BubbleheadMd
Re: SMCM Governor's Cup

26 hours?! You must have been exhausted.
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