Recipe for a great day:
- 1 Boat
- 10 Friends
- 15+ knots of wind
- Watching all your friends wipe-out and blow stuff up whilst you remain under control...
The VRC Remembrance Day race was truly an event to remember. We had fantastic wind, a great course lots of boats similar boats to chase, and a great group of people aboard. Whilst heading out to the race course the crew and I took a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a place and time so amazing as to allow us the lives we live. We realize that without the dedication and service of so many before us we may be leading a vastly different life. VRC has a long history of service, and was down to 14 members at one point, as almost all of the members were deployed overseas. Many of whom came back injured, or didn't come back at all. We choose to celebrate remembrance day by doing what it is those before us fought to enable. We celebrated by playing in their club, doing what they loved, and remembering their selfless actions. Our race started with two minuntes of silence (which was a bit tough considering the wind conditions) and then a bang to begin our races. One by one we crossed the line and sailed off in to the building breeze, we were having a blast; happy and thankful to be out on the water.
While there was much to be excited about, the highlights for me have to be
- Watching WindyFeat (LeakyTeet) Almost roundup in to a freighter.
- Jasmina's pirouette around her spinnaker pole as they broached to windward
- Talisman's broach and ensuing spinnaker explosion (after having abducted my foredeck guy)...
We weren't without indecent ourselves as we managed to blow-up one of the lines that holds our Jib up, but that was easily fixed and on we sailed. We narrowly lost to WindyFeat and Talisman at the end and managed to score 3rd in division and 6th overall. Not bad at all!
I was planning a big writeup about this race, but VRC writer laureate Evan Seys did such a great job I'll just link to his! Click here to head to the VRC site to read all about this really cool race! If you want to take a look at a replay of the race, and to watch Talisman and us duke it out Click here!