We had a full crew, Melissa, John, Chris, and me.
Windfinder was saying 16-20 from the NW:
We rigged up a #3 and reefed main at the dock. However, we could not find the reefing hook, so we hoisted the racing main sans reef.
Going out the harbour winds were much less, more like 6-8 from the North; no waves.
We swapped out the #3 for the #1.
Just the perfect amount of sail.
Course was 1 short.
We had a great start on starboard tack, running the line, and hardening up at the gun. We had the 3 Sharks and the T-Bird below and behind us.
On a starboard tack the large spinnaker boats were already coming from mark one, so we tacked to avoid them. We thought we were being lifted to the mark, but AGAIN were last the mark. Looking at the track, we sailed a LOT more distance. We should have continued on starboard. Also, we did NOT detect the knock immediately after the tack.
We did well on the next two legs.
The winds shifted to allow us to do a close reach to the finish (supposed to be an upwind beat).
We had to throw a short tack near Tanker Jones to finish.
Coming back in we witnessed the most amazing sunset:
We came in last, but had a fantastic sail.
Moving Average: 3.9 knots
Moving Time: 02:09:00