2006 Special Races
September 23, 2006 Twenty Hundred Club
Round Prudence Island Race
crew: Charley, Jeff, Greg, Roberto
A Very Blustery Day
We went from last weekend's light air crap shoot to a real buster. Wind gusted to 30 knots, with this highest burst literally at the finish line. The high speed we saw for the boat was 9.3 knots. We witnessed some spectacular broaches by the other yachts and managed one of our own. Party of 4 essentially rode a controlled broach all the way to victory. It was Greenwich Bay: Force 10 (after the book Fastnet: Force 10). This race was an exciting way to finish up the year's regular racing season.
Charley at the nav center.
Underway, Jeff plays the traveler and Charley drives.
Windy and lumpy.
Roberto and Charley.
Mothballed aircraft carriers in Newport.
The one on the right is the Forestall, the one Charley served on.
I guess he wore it out.
Roberto takes a turn at the wheel.
Greg on a wire, undorking* the spinnaker lines.
Party of 4 crashing their way to victory.
Greg on duty.
One reef and we're still cookin'.
Into the waves.
Somewhere along the line a batten ripped out of the jib.
"That was fun!"
Headin' for the stables.
* see Thunder Glossary
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