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We tried squeezing between a boat ahead and Chancellor Point and didn't make it. I join the elite ranks of skippers that have run aground within site of the Dove.
Dude, you're too hard on yourself. We were aggressive. Say that ten times.

We met adversity and prevailed when we could have given up. Say that twenty times.

Seriously, It was a fantastic ride and getting unstuck was a highpoint for me - no wind, no engine, no way to get an anchor any distance from the boat (too many jellies) but we did it.

Sailing close hauled from 0100ish to 0230ish with 15kts AWS, well balanced sails, with stars, the Milky Way, shooting stars, and phosphorescent jellies, was priceless. Thanks for having me.
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Dude, you're too hard on yourself. We were aggressive. Say that ten times.

We met adversity and prevailed when we could have given up. Say that twenty times.

Seriously, It was a fantastic ride and getting unstuck was a highpoint for me - no wind, no engine, no way to get an anchor any distance from the boat (too many jellies) but we did it.

Sailing close hauled from 0100ish to 0230ish with 15kts AWS, well balanced sails, with stars, the Milky Way, shooting stars, and phosphorescent jellies, was priceless. Thanks for having me.
I'm with you, but it WAS my bad never checking to make sure the person on the helm kept a sharp eye on the sounder after deciding our best chance to place was to slide inside the boat ahead.

After looking at the replay, I know the two boats ahead of us were in our class and both owed me time. Paradox, who we owed time, was behind but I'm not sure she was far enough back that she wouldn't have beat us on corrected time, so if we'd been successful at our aggressive move it might have gotten us at least 2 or maybe 3 positions. After our ungrounding we crossed seconds ahead of Paradox, who I owed something like 45 minutes.

If the helmsman called our that we weren't gonna make it, gybing probably would have cost us at least one spot. The cruising class split into two clumps of boats almost at the start and we hung with the lead of the second group right up to the bitter end. The early group benefited by being able to sail the rumb line from Pt Lookout to St Mary's 1, while the slower group got headed and all had to make a tack or three in the Potomac.

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You also aren't the only boat to run aground on Church Point last weekend. Chaotic Flux shares that honor with you.

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We didn't run aground. We were on a secret sounding mission for the US Geologic Survey, making sure Al Qaeda can't use personal submarines to infiltrate the St Mary's River.

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Sill amazes me how many people run aground in that river. The charts are scary accurate.

<--- This guys has run aground twice in that river... Just not during a race.

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We didn't run aground. We were on a secret sounding mission for the US Geologic Survey, making sure Al Qaeda can't use personal submarines to infiltrate the St Mary's River.
Its not secret now, you blew our cover story dang it.

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I was on Bugbear for the first time this year and we had the dubious honor of finishing in 26 hours and 7 minutes but we *did* finish which is better than what they've done in the past. The run down the Bay was absolutely beautiful, I spent my first crew break lying on the cabin top watching the stars, meteors and even a satellite cross overhead. :-)

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26 hours?! You must have been exhausted.

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They have you as DNF. That needs to be fixed.

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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.
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