Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Vallarta Cup 2017

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Move the sails back

I work out the butterflies in my stomach (yes, I still get them) by making the boat ready. Here we move the sails to the middle of the boat; better for speed.

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Reaching with the kite

The first race we sailed fast. But we were second.

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Now the Symmetrical

The local yacht club committee named this sail, the whomper. Or was it the white one?

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First Leg

In the next race we get serious. We're leading.

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Jibing Ahead of Olas Lindas

We Race 2 we held off Olas until the third leg.

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Circling Before the Start of Race Four

It comes down to race four, and we circle each other warily.

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Approaching Jibe Mark

Action at the jibe mark.

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Clean up and head to windward

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Chasing the Competiton

Olas got by us, but with two legs to go we're just behind by 2 minutes and thirty seconds and gaining. They owe us 5 minutes on this course.



So now there is a gap in the photos. The photo boat broke down, so the excitement of the last beat and the final run must be described by words, not pictures. But I have them in my head. You can read the story.

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Back at the dock

Back at the dock we dry things out.

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Awards

The crew gets the overall award.

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Most Valuable Player-Paul

And Paul, our awesome forward hand, gets MVP.

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