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Any interest in Down The Bay race?

Yes, it's a 123nm race that starts in Annapolis and finishes in Hampton VA. I plan to do it on my 25 foot Merit "Audrey". My question is, should I look for you on the starting line? Or would you like to crew? I'm used to being one of, if not, the smallest boat in the fleet, but the boat rates well, has new sails, and should do well. Just need crew. 4 would be nice 5 would be better. Any others interested in this?

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I did this race last year as crew on a j109. It was a hoot! That being said I would make sur I had enough crew to run the boat while some of the others slept. It is a grueling sprint and the race last year was ALL to windward. Racing through the night is a different experince, and we had some close encounters with container ships so make sure your lights are good. All that being said it was a great race and we all had a blast so good luck
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I would love to crew! I have been sailing on the Bay for the last 3 yrs. mostly solo on a 24' but I have never raced. I can give you more info if you want me to PM you.
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I definitely want to do the race. I was planning on doing it last year and missed out due to a last minute work crisis. Had crew and everything lined up. We have a new genoa this year and want to do a long race with some air. We've sailed Gov Cup 2 years in a row and it's such a light air race that we get killed. We eventually want to do Annapolis-Newport.

Do you have dates for his year? I have two other things that may conflict (Marine Corps 1/2 Marathon and a work trip).

If I can't afford the time to get my boat to Annapolis and home from Hampton, I may ask to tag along on someone else's boat for just the race.

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I'm trying to decide if I should ask to crew with you, or be your competition.

Depends on how much sail time I get before May, and how good I feel about my boat.

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That's going to be a long race Bubblehead. It'll be a long one w/ my boat and a rating of 174. Yours with a 231 rating is going to be a marathon. Good luck.

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That's going to be a long race Bubblehead. It'll be a long one w/ my boat and a rating of 174. Yours with a 231 rating is going to be a marathon. Good luck.
LOL..I know it. I looked up Merit25s' in the Ches PHRF listing and my face fell. Forget a seat at the bar, have breakfast ready for me the next day!

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Does anyone know if there's a cut off time like Gov cup? I can't seem to find the SI's.

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