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

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A 'Fun' Race?

"Fun Race" is what they call it when a race is scheduled between two of the three twilight beer-can series in the summer.
It's supposed to be fun in that it doesn't effect any series score. And it's an excuse for the R.C. to pull something "funny" like down-wind starts. In 15 to 17 knots of wind.
 This space ship arrived during the race & was tied up
by the time we returned a couple of fingers down from our slip.
Doing that with Lasers is one thing. Even with me feeling like I had control of Das Boot as if it were a Laser-38! Like I used to.

But I am still in my mid-summer transition stage with a revolving-door crew of irregulars in training. Couldn't get the chute organized quickly enough to justify confidence in getting it down. By the time we got around the first, downwind mark, we were crowded with boats who had no business crowding us on normal, rational, non-fun courses. But the remainder of the race was fun in the sense it provided me with novel problems, navigation wise. The conditions were fun: significant wind and wave action.

Not to mention our granddaughter sailed with us. Last but not least! That made the day 'specially fun!

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    1. Not as well as the Dodgers, I would wager. Who won their 10th in a row last night!

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    2. No, not as good by far! We finished 10th and corrected out to 9th. Missed the Dodger game. MVPuig homered in the 10th!

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    3. Doc, it has tobe said that you are doing about as good as the Dodgers of April and May, not like June and July.

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    4. I knew some one was going to draw a line between those two data points. Just a question of when, not so much who, Vlad.

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  2. Hi Doc,

    I am an avid sailor and I loved reading your blog! You paint such a great picture of the races - I get excited when you have good starts, but share your frustration when you get huge wind oscillations. I grew up sailing in Portland, Oregon on the Willamette River in Club 420s, a Flying Scot, and the occasional V-15, before sailing brought me to the East coast to compete with the college team at Fordham University. Your blog makes me want to write a sailing blog too - I’ll have to get a boat first though!

    I’m reaching out because since graduating, I’ve been able to use some of my sailing know-how working for a company called Zerve. I’ve helped compile a list of sails and cruises going on near your home base in Santa Barbara. I know reading your blog has inspired me to go on a sail, so I bet your other readers feel the same way and will find our site helpful! If you want, feel free to check out our “Sails in Los Angeles” page for yourself.

    As a sailor, I love sharing great resources to fellow sailors.

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    1. This is a step above spam. Interesting!

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  3. A step above Spam...Vienna sausages? Personally delivered, too!

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    1. Apple/Pineapple/bacon bangers would be good! Hybrid bangers...

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  4. ...back the main post, seems like fun is the most important part, especially when getting a third generation involved!

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    1. Melt, try as I might, remonstrating with her twice, E would not take the wheel for the entire final leg. She could have done it easily. It would have made the day such a triumph!

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  5. The 'space ship' in your photo is Orion, a MOD70 Tri, rating -191. It was down from the Bay Area this week to race in the Santa Barbara to King Harbor race, an 81 nautical mile race which started today at noon. It's already finished with a lapsed time of 5:14:44! You do the math.

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    1. That'd be it. I saw it sail in before we started Wednesday. I just couldn't get close enough to get a decent photograph of it under sail.

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    2. I am told that Orion was so long and wide that she could not turn around in the harbor: she had to back her way out!

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  6. Hi Doc!
    I tried sending you this in an email, but i didn't find a link, so I just decided to post it.
    The story of your family really encourages me. My twin sister set sail two years ago with her husband across the South Pacific. They are sailing out of love and passion for life, art, adventure and connection to the earth and its people. On their journey they started creating a beautiful documentary of the South Pacific, its people, culture and islands. Its a journey like yours, that inspires people world wild to follow their dreams and to connect with others on a heart to heart bases.
    I wanted to reach out and ask if you wouldn't mind please sharing their campaign with your blog followers. From one sailing family to another, I think you all will truly resonate with their journey. Please check out the link below. Thank you so very much!
    Naima

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1734636997/opensea-journey-across-the-pacific-ocean

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  7. A Club Harbor-30 in the King Harbor race lost its steering and had to be towed to Channel Islands.

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