We had a really fun and good race…Our best performance long distance yet. If you were following my blog, twitter or facebook, you would know by now we ripped our heavier spinnaker, nothing we were doing wrong, it was up and sailing nicely, and sheared off at the bottom re-inforced tack. This should not have happened. A manufactures defect! We hesitated putting up the light spinnaker since we just ripped the heavier one. About an hour later, we put the light one up and we were back in the race. For about an hour we were doing about 2 knots slower. We figure this cost us about 20 minutes.
We were 4th in our division, and 10 mins behind 3rd, and 16 minutes behind 2nd place….Not bad for our cruise boat, in an 8.5 hour race. The race was a lot of fun, exchanging tacks with competitors all the way to the Weather Mark, near Hamilton and the Burlington Skyway Bridge.
This pic says it all, 6.5 to 7.5 knots up wind, full sails, in 20 to 25 knot winds, gusting at times higher.
Blk Diamond! Beating Up Wind 7 to 7.5 knots of boat speed, in 20-25 knots of wind.
Photo Courtesy of Vadim Gracie
Ian McAllisters’ Mister Ed, an IMX boat.
Beneteau 10R and First 30 at the Start.
Start of the Susan Hood Race 2012