I shot quite a lot of footage aboard “Snow Lion” during the weekend. I have yet to edit it. The video here by Tucker Thompson from off the boats is a great review of events. We finished second overall for the weekend behind “Devocean” who sailed a consistent and good regatta. Full results here.
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Starting on friday, “Snow Lion” will participate in the New York Yacht Club Annual Spring Regatta. A frantic weekend of sailing that signals the beginning of the summer season for the NYYC. Friday’s race is around Conanicut Island (Jamestown) which features tides and wind changes; always a fun race. Saturday and Sunday are windward leeward courses likely off newport, wind allowing.
This is very different sailing to that of the transatlantic race. We will have plenty of time to shift gears before our June 29th start.
The day started with a birthday celebration for Larry huntington’s 75th birthday, before leaving the dock for the final day of racing. Motoring out to the rendezvous position, welcomed by a shifting breeze which would tease us for the better part of the day. Finally settling near North, we sailed one race and had no time for more. On the way in the fog cleared and the wind strengthened. Such is life. Great weekend, Bermuda race Friday.
Saturday’s racing for us was outside, while the Classics sailed north of Gould Island. We had 8-12 knots from the WSW. windward-leeward courses. Occasionally exciting as we were on the same course with the much bigger, much faster boats, Above is an example, RAN is overtaking us going at least 15 knots, we are sailing 8.5 knots. Gauging crossings with boats that accelerate so quickly is almost impossible. Great sailing, the fleets leave no room for error.
Below our race committee, thanks for a great day on the water. Of course the dinner Saturday night under the tent at Harbour Court, is the social event of the weekend.
Today is the round the island race, followed by the NYYC spring regatta saturday and sunday. The start of the Bermuda race is one week away. All the boats are in Newport, This event has become a huge meet and greet.
Abby Sunderland has been rescued from the Indian Ocean after having been dismasted, the details of which will filter out with time. While I would not have ever sent one of my children off on this adventure, I do not have a strong opinion about whether her family acted in her best interests. To follow Abby’s blog click HERE.