Black Diamond’s Susan Hood Trophy Race 2012

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.

s/v Black Diamond

With almost 30,000 Nautical miles of experience and 1,800+ sea days and nights on the water. (1,800 sea days is like 5 years on the water, 365 days a year!) I am an RYA Skipper and ICC International Competent Captain, currently working on my RYA Yacht Master with a Commercial endorsement for a 200 ton vessel. My qualifications include; MED A2 Emergency Safety at Sea, Helicopter Rescue, Life raft deployment and use, Offshore Rescue and Fire Fighting at Sea, etc, STCW Code A-VI/1-3, Canadian Equivalent Marine First Aid and CPR/AED. I am an Open Water Certified diver and completed various CYA & Canadian Power and Sail Squadron certifications which include Power/Sailboat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, CYA Coastal Navigation, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising, VHF Radio operation license and a Toronto Harbour License. I am now providing skippered charters and yacht deliveries globally, including crew positions for offshore passages. However, my specialities are the Bahamas, US East Coast, The Great Lakes, Welland Canal, Erie Canal and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia, looking to add Greece. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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