Sunday, October 23, 2011
Is this Frostbiting?
Bad news was that the wind strength averaged out to 4 knots in the overcast day. The good news was that the sea was flat: we could get way on. Not enough, so that we were playing catch up all day. Three boat lengths from the weather mark, we were in 20th place in the 20-boat fleet. But we rounded the weather mark in 18th place: two boats failed to fetch it in the current. It was one of those situations where you are smirking with Schadenfreude as you watch the struggles of those in front of you but sober up as it comes to your turn to round the mark. With Trophy Wife down with a cold, Bubbles was helmswoman for the day. Happily for us, she had ice water in her veins and we had a good 24 inches to spare. On the last weather leg we passed a 4th boat and finished 16th. Everyone had something to do and everyone had a good time. Except for me: I forgot to pay my wind tax.