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George Town – Day 4

More news from our roving reporter and photographer,  Neil Drori:

Phyllis, Veronica, Denis and I decided to see a bit of George Town this morning, so we didn’t ride the chase boat for the B class race.

What we found was a town with a more Caribbean and less developed feel, that reminded us of the Grenadines and a bit carnival thrown in, thanks to a string of temporary shacks housing a myriad of bars and souvenir shops along the waterfront, put up just for the regatta.  The crowds were just as colorful!

We had lunch at the famous Peace and Plenty resort, with bloody marys prepared by Dr. Libation.  We were proudly told that these were the best in the Bahamas, but in this reporter’s opinion Althea and Gary have nothing to worry about. 

From the pool deck at the Peace and Plenty, we caught the finish of the second points race for the B class boats, where we watched as The Dove came in with a strong second place!  She now has a third and a second, and goes into the last day of racing in great shape.

The A class boats were due to start at 3:30, and we actually got to the line on time today.  Too bad only one other boat was there with us.  It took almost one hour for the rest of the fleet to show up, and the scene at the start line was chaos as boats dropped the hook on top of each other, crowded on the left side of the line.  With lots of shouting and committee boats towing competitors to new positions, the tangle of boats was cleaned up and the gun finally went off right on time, Bahamian style at 4:20.

The Rage had a good start, and the crew pulled out all the stops with some great tactical moves by Andrew Wilhoyte and Jeff Gale that took us through an anchored fleet of cruising boats, where one skipper actually moved out of the way for us to come through!  This allowed us to lay right to the mark where all the other boats had to make at least one extra tack.

Unfortunately we are still fighting with less than perfect sail shape and a rig that needs some serious work.  Competing against a fleet of boats that appear to have received unlimited TLC, we are at a disadvantage, but with all of that we still finished sixth in a field of eight.  Not too bad for the old girl.

Filed under: Crew Experiences, George Town Regatta, Race Happenings

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