Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Yeocomico River, VA
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The Mount Gay is starting to wear off so I can write a little.....
Day 1 was a bust for us. Never even got to the first mark before they called the race for lack of wind. ten minutes after they called the race and the day, we had 5 kts and sailed into Solomon's Harbor. After race 1 was called, we all had a great swim in cool, nettle-free water. So we're DNF for race 1 along with half of PHRF B.
A bit of drama for us 10 minutes before the start when we couldn't unfurl the genoa. We tried easing halyard tension then tensioning. Then there was a bang and everything freed up. A visual using the binoculars showed the snap shackle separated from the genoa head. I went aloft and swapped the snap shackle for a D ring. Made the start in mid fleet. Nice view of the fleet from 55' up.
LESSON LEARNED. The pin from the snap shackle exploded without warning. This why one NEVER goes aloft on a shackle. Always use a know like a bowline or climbers knot.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"
Last edited by Sabreman; 07-18-2014 at 08:54 PM.