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Well you guys did a lot better than me. We were over 7 minutes late to the start, my fault. We pulled the motor too soon before our start and the wind died to the north east where I was. We went across the channel early and it seemed to work ok. During the night we passed a bunch of boats that were bigger, and of course got stuck in dead air in the wee hours of morning. That was the possibly the worst part for me. And then icing on the cake was when we jibed and the traveler track pulled the bolts through and broke. No back plates, so she's getting an overhaul on that note. We putzed along for about 45 minutes before I made the call to throw the motor on the back. Lost a winched handle coming up to the start, lost a traveler track, lost a little sanity, but gained priceless experience, and would do it all again in a heartbeat. I really wanted to finish, but under headsail alone would not get me there. Maybe next year....
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We were late too. No real reason except that the air was light and I miscalculated how long it would take to get back to the line. Our strategy was to stay in mid-Bay to take advantage of the falling tide and it mostly worked until the wind died. I have a cool track plot from the nav showing us headed south until the wind died and the rising tide pushed us north. Then the wind picked up again and we went a mile south where it died and we were again pushed north. The plot looks like a oval. Since I had GPSNavX set to capture data at 1 minute intervals, I can see exactly when the wind died.

We saw a lot of boats pack it in in the early hours and I have to admit contemplating the possibility. Then I decided to put an empirical twist to it; if we determined that we were so far from the finish that assuming 5 kt of boat speed wouldn't get us there by 21 hours, then we'd bail out. It didn't happen, but not by much. Looking at the results, you weren't alone - 28% of the fleet was DNF. There's always next year!
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Yeah, I don't feel bad quiting b/c of equipment failure. But would've really liked to finish. I know some things I'll be doing differently. For one, I don't think 2 of my crew will be doing it next year. Too small of a boat for too long on the water. The other said he liked "sailing" not "hiking". I didn't think I'd have to explain the fact that sailing and hiking make the boat go fast, and that's what we want. Silly me I guys.
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Agreed!! If the boat is broken and unsafe, it's much more important to live to sail another day. There's always next year and that's how we get better. Live and learn. We'll be doing an informal "after action" review this week.
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More importantly.. How was the party??
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lol, never made it. I was falling asleep at the helm and the previous 2 days I got 2 hours of sleep each night due to trying to hit high tides at launch ramps. Never again. I'll just pay to have it splashed. 4 horus of sleep in 3 days = no party for me. Drove the 2.5 hours home, and passed out!
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TAK- The party was great!!!! they had this drink called a sea nettle...needless to say after acouple of those and some mt. gay rum and 45 min of sleep the night before i was a happy camper.

ZZ4gta, Sabre- Thanks that was my first big race and finished in 12h 42min 30s. Its gunna be hard to top that experience. Inspite of being the slowest boat in our class by alot we almost beat the farr 11 straight up, but the last three miles killed us with no wind(Meridian has a phrf of 21 and the next closest was 0) . We had good wind (about 14 knots) from i would say 2130-0230and also had good wind after we rounded point lookout until about 3 miles to the finish when the wind completely died. im looking forward to sailing that race in the future if im lucky. it sucks that you guys had to turn on your motors AND missed the party. ZZ4gta well with all of those misshaps and equip failures i hope you still had a good sail and lots of beer on board.
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kai - We did NOT turn on our engine! At about 0300, we thought about it, but decided to hold off until it was a physical impossibility to finish on time. Luckily, that didn't happen and we finished 20 minutes before the 21 hour cutoff. It was amazing that after all that time, two boats in our class were right next to us at the finish. At least one of them used their boat hook to pole out the jib. Unfortunately, we didn't have a protest flag on board or we would have protested, had them DSQ'd, and moved up a place. Since we knew that we were battling for the back of the class, there really wasn't much point to protesting except to stroke the ego. Since 28% of the fleet DNF'd, 15th was ok for the first time. Next year, we'll be on time over the start instead of 9 min late!

It was a fun race. I'm not sure that I've ever experienced that wide a range of conditions in 21 hours. From 5-10 kts to dead calm, to 20 kts, to 30kts with t'storms/rain to dead calm to another t'storm on the way home that night.

We didn't stay long for the part since the crew had to get places, but we went ashore to buy souvenirs (they were out of lg/xl shirts!)
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Sabreman--i'll let the real racers provide what the rules say, but my understanding is that you can use a boathook to pole out the jib as long as the person with the boathook stands behind the mast. besides, aren't whisker poles usually restricted in length? If so, how would you know their pole is "legal"?
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ZZ,
For next year try the Sandy Point State park ramps the day before and I'll put you on a ball or at a friends dock overnight.
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There's a boat ramp 2 blocks from my house with 4 feet of water. I can hang a guest pass on your trailer or you can use my drive way over the weekend.
You've got my phone number and email in my previous PM's.
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