Monday, May 19, 2008

WBRA Races 5 & 6

Well, what do you think? Would you consider this to be a problem?

It's kind of dug in and the vetical cracks seem substancial.

Maybe I'm a worry wart... or maybe that's what keeps the boats that I've had together.
All 4 arms of the boom track have issues. That's the problem with a painted mast.

The races: First race Wilson and and I shot off the front and before the 2nd leeward mark the vang attachment point gave and slid toward the mast. Panda was right to drill out the holes and screw the attachment points in. I thought they'd hold, I was wrong. We were close to passing Wilson downwind and gave up that attempt and limped in for 2nd place. By the time we fixed the vang and noticed the boom had also dropped 4 holes and dealt with that in 25 knot winds, we had just enough time to come back to the start line only to discover how grossly favored the pin end was. Peter port tack started and was launched. Turns out he had some mast issue and couldn't use any backstay. We consolidated but were too far back to catch up. Down wind the vang slipped again and we went from 4th and closing to 5th and defending. It got interesting at the finish when Mike took Peter well above the lay line and held him off. Tom and I got close to catching them because of the extra distance they travelled, but in the end it was a bummer of a 5th place. Wilson got 2 bullets. Disappointed with how fast I know the boat can be. Completely mismanaged on my part. It's good to learn from mistakes... it makes you stronger. Nietzsche was right.


Anonymous erinsf said...

Duck Tape cures all ailments:)

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps its only the paint thats started cracking?

1:44 PM  

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