(9/25/2003) The last three races have been
We had only two crew for the 9/17 JAM race.
Dave Hyland and Judy Tucci were aboard. They were moving very fast,
doing the work of four people, and we finished 5th in the race.
Then on Saturday we sailed the Bluff Bar. As of the
night before, Hurricane Isabel came through with 15-20 knot winds, and we
only had two Dave Hyland and Mike O'Neill coming along. By 5:45A on
the day of the race, the winds were only 10-20 and the lake waves were
only 2-4 feet. Jim Stewart came through with one more crew member
for us at 5:45AM!!! Jeff Beltz was a big addition -- we were really happy
to have another qualified hand on board. Well, we sailed well, and
took 3rd place in the 62-mile race. Great Work!! (And thanks,
Jeff and Stew.)
Last night was the last Wednesday JAM race of the season.
We had a full crew, but also a big blow. We flew the number 3 with
the main reefed and we did well. The winds were 15-25 throughout the
race, but just before the start we took a big hit from 28 or 29-knot gust!
It was quite a ride, but WebSailor held up well and we finished in
third place. Not bad for a "light boat" like ours. We
heard later that Taco hit Barney (both retired), and Venture tore his main
(finished, but way down in the pack). Sorry, Paul, Barney and Dave
:( With that third place
we locked up third overall for the season in JAM B. What a great
(9/6-7/2003) This year's Koehler Cup was
amazing! We had a great crew: Dave and Heather Hyland,
Krista and Mike Krugger, and Judy Tucci. Leg one started on a light
air run out the channel (see the picture at
the right) and ended on a screaming reach into Dover in 18 knot
winds. We sailed very well, didn't make our usual mistakes and took
3rd. On Sunday, the winds were 10-12 and we flew the assymetrical
chute on a close reach to Long point. We were flying. Dave was
driving, and reported that we did over 8 knots a few times. After
rounding the point, it was a 4 hour beat upwind in heavy chop. We
trimmed the boat well and we held our own against the others. So, a
good upwind leg combined with one of our best reaching legs to give us 2nd
place in the race against a great field of boats and skippers. And,
even better, we took 3rd place for the series and
got a flag in a spinnaker fleet! This is a personal best for
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