Thursday, June 3, 2010
Great Race Despite Ourselves
It's been a few weeks since I crewed on a Wednesday night--stuff just got in the way, but last night we were back down for the normal Wednesday Night Series. And it was quite a race. We had very decent wind, surprising because the forecast said only 3 knots & I was expecting to be bobbing.
Our start was great until we started nosing in with the big boys (those who usually win our class & are highly competitive) & they wouldn't give us space. I was in pit for the beginning of the race, & watching 5 30' boats fighting for a few yards under the spinnaker was pretty hair-raising! As a result of a few near misses--another boat & the mark, we ran aground hard. Better to run aground than to hit the other boat or the mark for sure. But we managed to roll off & get set, & get back in it.
Later, I flew the kite & did a bit of jib trim so overall I felt well-utilized during this race--was glad that I can offer to do a few different positions as crew--good to have that kind of versatility. And, dare I say it, I actually enjoyed being in pit for the time I was there (generally I do not enjoy that position but will do it if there is a need & no one else is available). Thanks to the skipper for rotating folks around--great for practice.
And, despite ourselves, we did manage to beat two other boats! So not completely a total loss after all of the drama at the start of the race. I think we're beginning to gel as a team--feeling out what works, etc. Again I say it is quite nice to have a regular boat to be crew for--and we have a great time too. A shout-out to my J-30--love you guys!