Our 2011 season began with 22 boats on the line for a race in 6-9 knots. We scrubbed the boat out for a couple of hours and ran the engine on Saturday. On Sunday, the diesel started on the 2nd punch, which was a positive sign.
With the hard core of the Good Guys on board, I was, maybe six or seven minutes late to the start. It's always harder, I think, to nail the start in a pursuit race. Ironic, perhaps.
Nothing much noteworthy: In low tide I elected to cheat on the right side of the course close to the kelp and picked some up, probably on the prop. Matt, with his shirt off, went aft on the swim platform and fished at it (unsuccessfully). While he was down there I missed tagging the weather mark by mere inches.
On all points of sail, the crew work was flawless. Moderately light airs and the kelp conspired to force us to settle for 12th place.
I'll settle for that.