Crew, what we had, was in the 'training mode'. Because we needed as many eyes peeled into the fog as we could muster, I elected not to deploy the spinnaker. With the wind close to 17 knots for most of the race, a spinnaker may have helped us pick up a place. As it was, thanks to a balls-out, freakingly lucky hairline-panic start at the pin, we corrected out to 2nd in a ten-boat class. My legs and hands were cramping for most of the sail. I'm living and sailing on leased time. I have to be selling. Until then I have to recruit younger knees to keep me sailing.
What have I learned today? In reverse order of importance:
- Not to hand a camera to a guest on board without turning off "movies" first.
- Don't try sailing in your new topsiders again.
- Not to aim for the perfect start (like I scored today). That gets you into serious trouble. Aim for a good enough start, and accept the luck that follows. That's what I was about today.
- I Need to recruit more crew with younger knees.
- I gotta sell this sailboat until it sells.