The Tall Oaks/Windjammers Challenge Cup was raced last weekend.
With a conservative, middle of the line start and good boat speed,
we stayed toward the front of the fleet the whole way around the
10 mile race course. We finished fourth out of 12, 20 seconds
behind the 3rd place finisher, a Catalina 30. For once, I felt we
were faster than them on all points of sail except the broad reach,
where 'Escapade' ate us alive. We are the only boat flying
Betsy Ross from the spreader.
Escapade had PB&Js on that passing leg. That may have
proved to be the difference, seeing that half of us on Bay
Rhumb were eating Liverwurst sandwiches.
We sailed around after the race while everyone else went
in to prepare for the big awards dinner and trophy
presentation. It gave me time to reflect on the race
and wonder why we took all summer to finally sail well.
Tall Oaks Yacht Club defended the Cup and got
to hold on to the hardware for another winter.
Larry Ellison, eat your heart out!