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

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Lady at the Helm Race

Trophy Wife took the helm from wire-to-wire today. In fact she took over at minus 10 minutes to the start.

I relegated myself to chief beer-drinker, photo-taker and rail-meater. It was hard work, believe me. Keeping my mouth shut? Are you kidding? I wanted to see what the unfettered wisdom and judgment of my team would produce in terms of everything from game plan to tactics and sail-trim.

Okay, okay, I opened my mouth sometimes, but I was only askin', not tellin'!

This was a pursuit race in a steady 12 knots building to 17 with flat seas with the tide moderate and down-coast current about 0.2 knots.

What did I learn? People had radical different approaches to the day's conditions than mine:
  • Das Boot started on starboard close to the starboard pin where I would have selected port tack on the port end.
  • Das Boot went out, tacking up the outside of Kelp Island, where I would have selected the beach route.
  • When Das Boot tacked, sheets were eased until speed was regained. That's not for me in two-digit wind: I like to bang 'er over and bow down until that speed gets back up. (I know I'm in a minority here.)
  • On the last leg, crew believed the closest end of the line was the windward end.
  • One of the reasons old men gravitate toward helming duties as opposed to sail-trim tasks is that they prefer to be assigned to holding on to something stationary with both hands for the duration. I found myself taking refuge in the campanionway., as opposed to either rail where I could at least make myself somewhat useful monitoring tell-tales.
As crew, I botched the spinnaker take-down. Some. Nevertheless, Trophy Wife finished 9th out of 16 boats.
Photo taken from Sirocco (not racing) during the 2nd leg


  1. Doc, don't be saying 9th Place like you could have done better!

  2. Glad you have found your place in the grand scheme of things. TW seems to have found hers. :) Well done - both of you.