What a wild ride last night! It was the opening race for the Wednesday Night Series in Annapolis & the winds were pretty intense--gonna say at least 25 knots sustained, 35 knot gusts, with threats of thunderstorms & a tornado watch. Call me crazy--hells yeah--with about 60 other boats! Actually, that was what was so jaw-dropping to me. I had never been out for a Wednesday in Annapolis--only White Rocks with my grandfather & the West River. The West River has a lot of boats but holy crap, Batman! Annapolis was insane! Just getting ready for the first race & getting the watch set with the guns from the RC, I had an opportunity as did the rest of the crew to really take it all in--I think most of us hadn't realized how many folk were out there along with t2p.tv & Spinsheet taking pics & video--it is a big-ass deal. And here we were, up from Pirate's Cove, competing with the rest of the J-30 fleet--adrenaline rush!
We worked our asses off & didn't even fly the kite. At one point we dumped the main & were only using the number 3 jib & we still were able to clock 7 knots on the tacktik...crazy! And we didn't finish last--WOOHOO! I gotta say, it was a rush! And, as we were rounding a mark, up comes a J-105 who attempted to squeeze us out--my skipper is yelling at the other skipper to hold his course--at first I thought he was ignoring us, & then she got a bit more insistent--we all had to laugh--"Bump... comes to Annapolis!" Welcome! And fireworks too (a huge lightening storm overhead as we crossed the finish)! Great to be with my crew & back on my boat--I will miss them at NOODs, sailing instead on another J30--competition. But, as always, looking forward to the rest of the season, flying out of Annapolis.
Check out t2p.tv http://www.t2p.tv/index.php They usually broadcast the Wednesday Night Races & there may be a glimpse of us there or on Spin Sheet http://www.spinsheet.com/ I am posting a picture taken by Spin Sheet last year during the Miles River Race. Very light air--NOT like last night.