The wind forecast called for light winds. Some model predicted a south easterly wind while others called for a north westerly. This made for interesting conversations during the pancake breakfast put on by the Salvation Army.
Initially, indeed the wind was from the SE, but while racers prepared the boat for the start at the dock the wind backed to the NW. With the wind almost on the beam, most boats started with a spinnaker.
Off we went, a little lower on the starting line than we were hoping. Once around Protection Island we change to our #1 jib and headed north. We were well placed in the fleet and had a great sail.
A few sail changes and gybes later we saw ourselves further back in the fleet. It looked like we were not quite in race mode and a few things went slower than we were hoping. Light winds can be very unforgiving and once we got behind it went from bad to worse as the wind got lighter and lighter.
We were still having a good time sailing against some of the other boats at the back of the fleet such as Amazing Grace and Rubato.
As the wind slowly died, so did our hope to finish the race and we had to use the iron spinnaker to get to the finish in French Creek.
Not a great race for us, but the spirits are high and with a few changes on how we will manage the boat during tomorrow’s race we hope to be competing for a much better finish.
Christof is the owner and operator of Simply Sailing. An enthusiastic sailor he loves to share his knowledge with other sailors.
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