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, October 15, 2014

Dazz's First Real (Twilight) Race!

Meaning: the first time our regulars put the boat together and got out on the water early enough to scout the wind, water and kelp and get an organized start.

The start itself was conservatively on starboard. We crossed several port tackers, worked to weather well. Tacking to port we went up to the kelp line and tacked away. By the time we reached the port lay line for D-Mark, we might have crossed in front of my neighbor's C&C 40, but decided to duck him. We rounded the weather mark behind him and two or three others. But they had their spin hoists in front of them and we already had ours up, so to speak. So we made up good ground on that first reaching leg and then gibing at H-Mark, we made some killings (so to speak). We reached higher than some to go over the Crown Princes liner on the way to the leeward mark. That turned out to be a good decision: spinnaker boats were not so inclined or favored.

As the day went on we managed to develop snappy weight changes and helm changes on tacks. The sail was flattened incredibly for the 15+ knots (at times). All four aboard had time on the helm at one point or another. We were the 5th boat to cross out of a dozen starters!

I call that a good start!


  1. We beat you across the line. But you corrected out to first place!

  2. I don't know what half of that post means, but glad it had a happy ending for you. :)

    I just hope "snappy weight changes" didn't involve throwing anyone overboard. :0 (it is to laugh). So great to see you having fun.

    1. It means that this septuagenarian-plus has been working on his mobility so that he can get from one side of the cockpit to the other when tacking. He's not quite there, yet!