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This was a tremendously arduous race with lots of strategy and drama. The crew preformed exceptionally, while I worked them hard reefing and unreefing, setting and unsetting the pole, jibe after jibe. We had a great start and rounding of the windward mark. Then, we chose to stay out in the wind and take Red Rock to starboard - we were the only boat in our division to do so. So, while the rest of the fleet got stuck in a hole, we were smoking along at 7.8 knots (our new top speed). Then once we passed Pinole Point, the rest of the fleet took to the shore and got out of the ebb while we headed straight for the mark and took it right on the nose. The wind was gusting at 30 knots and with a double reefed main and a single reefed jib we again bested our top speed again at 8.2 (surfing). The rest of our division caught up to us at the last mark and we all hit the finish line in a group with only seconds between us all. Best race ever.
1 · May 6