Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thursday 5/21

Our first Thursday race of the season. Wet & wild!

We were a little shorthanded for our first time raising the sails this season, and with a 10-15 kt breeze, gusting to the upper teens, we had a bit of a muck-up tonight.

Janel, Derek, and Joyce were crew, and we decided on the #2 genny to start with. After we correctly threaded it onto the forestay, we decided to change to the #1 about 1/3 of the way up the first leg. The wind was still from the SW, but it had settled down to around 12 kts. The water was a bit choppy.

So we did the change and Joyce drove while I hoisted the #1 up in front of the 2, then I crawled behind the sail along the leeward linelines to pull the 2 into the cabin. Of course, just then the wind piped up and the boat healed over enough so that my entire backside got dunked, leaving me a bit damp for the rest of the evening.

Gybing around the windward mark and setting the sails for wing-on-wing was an exercise in futility. The capper was when Janel, trying to set up the whisker pole, ripped the two pieces apart like a samurai unsheathing his sword from its scabbard.

(I'm surprised this didn't happen to us!)

We eventually got our act together, but by that time we had pretty much lost the entire fleet. We sailed the rest of the long course (DPNDS) then dropped the sails as soon as we finished and motored in to a goodly race postmortem session with beer. The race was way too strenuous for me to take pictures, so this week you'll just have to deal with my "word picture".

Saturday we have the Pierce Invitational race!


At 5/22/2009 3:15 PM, Blogger mick said...

RE; Wild and wooly sailing days:

Going through our old files I notice that Eric Treu last ordered trophies for the team back in 2004. We sincerely hope that the winners and you were happy with them.

Since then, we have designed new sculptures, color sketches and black and white wash drawings and can now apply color to metal for club burgees or logos as well as new items. As everyone is watching the budget these days I think that you will see that our pricing is very reasonable (unchanged since 2007) compared to our competitors since we do all our own design and manufacturing and do not go through the distribution/warehouse/retail shop networks. I hope that you will take a new look at our web site:

At 5/22/2009 8:30 PM, Blogger CT Bob said...

FYI - I think you have the wrong Full Tilt; I don't know an Eric Trau, and we never ordered trophies. If we ever do, I have your website above.


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