Starts on the 'honor system'!This photo is taken a few feet off the shore side of the starting line. I can't see the Race Committee's deck and I am sure they can't see us or the line. After two 30-minute delays, the RC radioed that boats were supposed to start this pursuit race "on the honor system"!
In the back-breaking effort to follow, The Good Guys never saw more than five knots of wind and we can't tack in less than four! It's a back-breaking, crew-intensive effort to move our displacement in these conditions, even if we can see! I learned to trust in the GPS, because the eyes and instincts were definitely deceiving.
In the back of the fleet, Trophy Wife at the helm made the key decision not to drop the chute at the 'leeward' mark; we were able to ghost (definitely a well-chosen word) our way out of a cluster of drifting wind-shadows. Thankfully, the Race Committee took their boat out to finish everyone. Otherwise The Good Guys, who never quit, would still be out there, circling....
This Harbor-20 Ocean-20, recently purchased by my ex-Mainsheet Trimmer, finished 4th in the light going.