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 29, 2015

A-Team Sailed Without Me

Took a bad fall recently and so I sent the crew out to race with mixed results. They were far too conservative -- embarrassingly so -- on the start. However they were able to catch four boats.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wyliecats Are Easy to Sail, but Difficult to Sail Well?

Lots of close, close racing this Wednesday, especially with the newest boat in our fleet! 15 knots, steady!

I'm frustrated by my learning curve. Is it that this dog is too old to learn or that he has no patience? Doesn't matter in the longer run, I guess, as long as the crew is having fun.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Chamber-Of-Commerce Day

That's what one sailor called it: clear, warm and with a steady 10-knot breeze. I guess I would have called it a chamber-of-commerce day if it had rained heavily the night before. I haven't seen today's actual results, but I think we finished 10 in this 18-boat pursuit race. Not that anyone much cares: it was that much of a perfect day to be on the water.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Over Early!

I killed our chances tonight by crossing the start line seconds early. It was serious because we were confined in a sandwich of boats on either side of us who started on time; it took painfully long to gain water to return and restart. I could blame certain crew members who were absent and are our flawless time keepers, but the responsibility is all mine.
After the start, I more or less turned the helm over to SP and he recovered much of my lost ground. We finished 6th and corrected out to 8th out 13 boats. We had a good steady 13+ knot breeze!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Putting in the A-Team

Optimal crew produces optimal results: 4th place out of 11 starters. But the pesky yellow Morgan-27 beat us out again!

 SP helmed almost the entire race. Gotta keep the remainder of the crew happy! Think I need to spend almost full time as navigator/tactician. For one thing, I can see more of the race.