Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like.--Ernest Benn

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Sunday, June 25, 2006

CHRF Summer Series

It's my feeling that when conditions are like today's - steady at 9-11 knots - CHRF's dynamic handicap compresses Psychè's Song into the middle of the fleet.

In 6 or so knots - variable, the determination, persistence and inventiveness of the crew determines our fate; 16 knots and higher, and the boat takes over.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Wet Wednesday's Summer Series

Where's the Beef?

Here it is:

This is the crew which literally muscles Psychè’s Song around the same boring old trapezoidal course in light, light airs. I can't remember ever before competing so consistently in single-digit wind-strength. But we are!

It would be nice to win some more. (It's that same ol' handicap, right?)

Nevertheless, there's lot to be said for just showing up and contending week after week. Our conditions will eventually return...

And, when they do, we will strike!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Wet Wednesday Fun Race

This race is sandwiched in between Wet Wednesday's Spring and Summer Series.

The Fun Race (counting for nothing but glasses) needed a novelty to motivate us. It was decided that MVP would take the start and 1st half of the race at the helm; and that another crew talent take it the second half. Only problem is MVP couldn't be budged off of it. (Doctor Love and I struggle with is the problem! We call it the Helm Hog Syndrome.) Needless to say, MVP turned in an excellent performance, and we finished 5th out of 12 finishers. That's a glass!

Whenever we are relaxed enough on starboard and crossing a port tack boat, some one on board should certainly reach for the camera and snap off a couple of shots. That picture in my mind's eye, looking down the heeling stem of Second Wind with her crew staring intensely ahead would have been a calendar-quality shot!

Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

Still, another great time on the water.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day Race

A fifth place out of 14 boats in a 4-knot (or Less) breeze?

I can't believe we accomplished this!

For Psychè’s Song, that's unheard of! It can only mean that all those on board worked hard together and worked the boat more than nine other crews! Those conditions were so bad, that the last two boats to finish, finished backwards, depending on their drift with the tide!

I'm so stoked on Team Psychè’s Song, I could just ... combust!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Wet Wednesday - Spring Series

This shot is taken at the start of the 2nd race in this series.

This shot was taken as we were tacking away from H-Mark!

We finished the last race tonight: a sterling performance of crew work in extremely challenging, changing conditions: a drifter for nano seconds at the start and 90 seconds at the leeward mark, sandwiched between 15-25(!) knots on contrasting seas, reaching a top speed of 9.6 knots!

We were 3rd to finish. For the effort we were awarded 5th place, and won 5th place over all for the series. But after an exhilarating day like this, how we corrected out was irrelevant.

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Wet Wednesday (2-May-06)

Dave McEachen

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Sunday, February 12, 2006