Thursday's Child and XS roar in to the finish...
What a fantastic way to start the 2015/16 Polar Bear Series! We loaded the boat with some great friends, three of whom have the distinction of being Jericho Junior Regatta Champions, and were off to the races.
Our biggest rival and concern is XS, they're irritatingly well sailed and have just completed a serious retrofit. The wind was very light and we managed to keep up with them for most of the race, and most excitingly pass them on the final leg! First place and first to finish! Not a bad way to start the series!
Some highlights of the race were:
Introducing John 'Jack' Charles Rummen
Mida and I are beyond excited to welcome our new crew member, weighing in at 9lb 6oz born 9:57am on June 27th . Mom and baby are doing brilliantly and expect to be out sailing in short order!
Unable to make it through Porlier Pass before the current changed, and not wanting to be trying to sail against the current through the pass in light air, the crew of TC have decided to gamble and head through the very challenging Dodd narrows. Dodd Narrows doesn't become passable until 2am so if the wind stays light, this could work out incredibly well, however, if the wind picks up they could be waiting for the current to change whilst other boats sail the longer distance around Gabriola island to the finish!
Here's hoping it pays off!
Have you been missing your updates of TC and the crew's adventures as the race around Vancouver Island? Fear not we are back in the land of service aka the beautiful Ucluelet. But before we get to that here is our co-skipper the Noiter with more info on the Port Hardy to Winter Harbour leg.
Hi my name is nick and I’m foredeck and trim and this is leg four of the Van Isle 360. We’ve had a very interesting day. We started off with high winds and large swells, it has no abated to medium winds and fairly strong waves. We have switched sails many times and we’ve changed our configurations many times. We’re not sure if we’re going to finish, but we’re close. We’re about seven miles right now. It’s been a beautiful day. It was rough, and cold, and wet but gorgeous and I think we’re all having a good time!
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Dispite the technical difficulties with the tracker today, TC made it safe and sound to Port Hardy. After a busy start and the wind dying down later in the day, there will be much discussion between all the racers at the Quarterdeck Pub tonight before heading out to Winter Harbor tomorrow and the west coast or off shore of Vancouver Island. Two more crew will be joining us and we're looking forward to having them. Here are some great action shot of TC and crew from the Hardwicke Island leg of the race taken from the shore by Beyond the Sea Studio.Stay tuned for more updates!