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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

9.02- Wednesday Night Races

The Winner
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I crewed on "Light Wind," a Catalina 22', for tonight's Wednesday night race.


The bad news: the above boat was the only other one participating.

Winds were definitely lively, but made for some fun sailing with a reefed main. You can't tell from the photo, but some of the waves were higher than the gunwales of the Catalina 22.

Unfortunately, the Captain Joe of "Il Gatto" was a "Gatto Assustado" this week, and bowed out of the weekly contest a couple of days ago, apparently afraid of a forecast of brisk wind and a bit of rain.

As he is sort of the "organizer" of the weekly un-organized race, no doubt some other boats followed his example.

Not us, however. The intrepid crew of "Light Wind" showed no fear, pounding into the four-foot swells and eating up the 25 knot gusts... We're not even sure if the boat above had come out for the race, but our taunting shouts prompted them to let us chase them along a shortened course from Oriental Marker One to Garbacon Shoals Marker and back.


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