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We're not racing this year. My crew fell apart -

I liked the tracker, it really helped us do better knowing what everyone else was doing. I call it "training". They kept us from heading off into the hinterlands with a "better idea". I didn't like when service went down - I would really have liked to identify the gray sailed boat with no running lights that came out of the darkness and almost caused us to do an emergency tack. Would have protested him if I could see a name or sail number or get the data from the tracker.

BTW - The photo for my avatar was taken at the start of last year's race. Love that picture.

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Sorry to hear you won't make it this year. I was wondering where you were. Anyway I share your problems with crew. I'll only have one or possibly two returning crew. I have picked up a couple of knowledgeable cruising sailors so I currently have 4 or maybe 5, but I hope to pick up one or two more.

I also share your frustration with the tacker server going down for "planned maintenance" in the midst of an overnight race. Last year, I had nothing but bad ideas and when I look at the photoboat shots realize our sail trim was for crap, so we were slow from the start and I'm not sure we got any better. I was all into technology last year trying to anticipate the tides and winds and favoring this side or that. This year my plan is to forget all that crap and make sure the boat is pointed south and the sails aren't overtrimmed into a wrinkled mess. If the tracker is up I'll keep and eye on the boats that kicked my butt last year and try to keep up.
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Since my crew bailed, I'm available if anyone needs another set of hands. I mistakenly bought the Kattack app last year, so I come App-in-hand.

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I was all into technology last year trying to anticipate the tides and winds and favoring this side or that. This year my plan is to forget all that crap and make sure the boat is pointed south and the sails aren't overtrimmed into a wrinkled mess. If the tracker is up I'll keep and eye on the boats that kicked my butt last year and try to keep up.
Couldn't see the forest for the trees? I hear you.

I have loose, general rules for these races:
- Favor the Eastern Shore. There is no current protection and you end up sailing extra miles by following the Western shore.
- Print out the current predictions from CBOFS. Deeper water when favorable, shallow water when foul. Don't get sucked up into the river mouths.
- Trim, trim, trim.

I save my GPS tracks from these races and compare them year after year. I've been using pretty crappy genoas. This year, I have a much better sail.

I'm doing the EYC to Solomon's race tomorrow night. I'm positively itching with curiosity to see how we do.
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Re: SMCM Governor's Cup

It would be hard to do the reverse course. It's easy north to south b/c when you're finishing the fleet is usually spread out a little bit. To pull off a start in a cramped river with over 100 boats in horeshoe bend is going to be a madhouse. Imagine 30 boats motoring up to the startline while another 50 boats are sailing out rolling starts.

Hell in a handbasket. I love the idea, but logistics would shoot itself in its foot.
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Re: SMCM Governor's Cup

Agree that the start line could not be right off St. Marys. Would have to do the start out in the Potomac, just as the current start line is not in Annapolis proper, but way out past the mouth of the Severn R.
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Headed to the boat after work today and will head up to Annapolis Friday AM.

See you 3PM starts on the line and the rest of you in St. Marys.

Have fun, be safe and good luck to all.
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Re: SMCM Governor's Cup

Right on, PS.
Financial constraints prohibit me from racing my own boat. I'm crewing on a C&C35Mk III.
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Right on, PS.
Financial constraints prohibit me from racing my own boat. I'm crewing on a C&C35Mk III.
See you down there.
Yeah, I'll worry about the financial constraints after this race. The past 12 months have been pretty shitty for my wife and I, but I think we are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel and hoping its not a train. Part of the turnaround is me physically being up to this and the way I more or less fell into a decent crew.

I have only one returning crew and my wife is not sailing with us this year, but despite that, I think I have rounded up the best crew I've had yet, including a couple of Sailnetters, one that has done the race 5 times as skipper who'll be our tactician and a husband/wife team that are more cruisers but want overnight experience since they plan some longer voyages in the near future. I won't out them unless they choose to be outed.
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Re: SMCM Governor's Cup

Sounds like you're in good company, but the inexperienced, hubby/wife team is a bit of a question mark. I've seen that go awry.

Luckily the breeze seems a bit light, so I don't think they'll get beat up too bad. They'll mainly have to contend with the darkness and the long upwind slog. Hopefully they'll enjoy themselves.

Forecast looks like a repeat of the Solomon's Race. If you can point, you'll do ok.
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I'm looking forward to not having the annual Sweatfest. As long as we have at least some wind from ANY direction, I'm happy.

See y'all at St. Mary's
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