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Wednesday and Thursday RTIA Races

More news from Stafford and he keeps us guessing about the results!

Wednesday July 4th, happy Independence Day to our American friends! Today we race in the 3rd of the series of 5, the Harsh Harbour Race, starts and finishes outside Marsh Harbour harbour. Our course is typical of the MH race, a triangle and a hotdog. Oh hum…..Nice breeze today and a good thing ‘cause we have 16 crew but never felt as though we were overloaded. Full sail (with a reefline) and off we go with a great flying start to the windward marker. Steady 10 knot breezes means I don’t have to be scanning the Sea of Abaco for windlines, just reminding Richard not to pinch. A short downwind follows then a reach to finish the triangle. Upwind to the windward marker and now the fleet of approximately 22 sailboats are so strung out over the course we don’t know what position we are in the yellow fleet boat for boat. Around the marker and a nice downwind to finish. Our huge mainsail blasts us forward past “Saltando”, one of our competition like she is at anchor. The Rage is rolling along at about 7 knots. Twenty minutes later we cross the line hot, sweaty, happy and with no clue as to how well we did today. Good we think, possible a podium finish? Will have to go to the Presentation tonight at the Crossing to find out…….And we didn’t go into irons during any of our maneuvers today…….

Thursday, Marsh Harbour to Hope Town it is. Nice steady breeze this morning. Actually, the weather has been good (mostly) to us this RTIA. Load up on crew (15) and coolers its going to be a hot one today. Another fine start off of Marsh Harbour and off to the windward marker up by Matt Lowe’s Cay, then a long reach to N Man O War Cay, then upwind to Sandy Cay, over to Halls Point on Sugarloaf, reach to the finish off of Johnnys Cay. Whew! We had a great sail and actually overtook the “Backdraft” one of the boats in our fleet as we completed the last 2 legs of the course. What fun that was!

After the race we stop by Nomad for the Annual Crew In The Water picture.

Filed under: Race Happenings, Regatta Time In Abaco

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