Wind forecast was bleak:
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I was going to call the race because of the lack of wind, but at the shipper's meeting we had 11 boats wanting to go out. It looked like the wind might come up to 4-5 knots at noon. We shortened the race to mark 10, just off Ajax (2.8 miles away) and back. I texted Melissa, and we left the dock as soon as she got to the club.
We purposely used the old baggy main sail; perfect for light breezes:
|Heading out to the race course|
Glad I didn't cancel/postpone the race!
|Keep Calm and Sail On|
Still Time was being rolled by AFTICA.
On a close reach and flat water, we got the boat going over 4 knots all the way to the mark.
On the way back, the point of sail was just forward of the beam and our speed was between 5 and 6 knots the entire time.
|Melissa on the tiller @5.5 knots|
After the finish, we dropped the head sail and hoisted the spinnaker for the downwind run into the harbour:
|You can see the harbour wall|
We had to gybe the spinnaker to make it into the harbour. We actually doused the spinnaker on the way to the dock.
Great day on the water.
UPDATE: we came FOURTH behind Mickey, JustinTime, and Gruntled: NO FLAG FOR US
Trip Odometer: 10.67 miles
Moving Average: 4.0 knots
Moving Time: 02:39:00