May 26, 2012-TTSA Race 9 (Our First)
wingssail images-susan wilson
The local club, Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association, has a pretty active racing program and we decided to give it a try.
With pick-up crew (quite good, actually) and basically no other preparation whatsoever, we went out for a Saturday race in the Racer/Cruiser Class. It was a nice day, there was a good breeze, the race was in a great sailing area, and the committee gave us an interesting course (one mark was a wrecked ship). So when we got a good start, (not too aggressive), and were soon catching up on the racing class boats, we were feeling pretty good.
But the start was an hour later than we thought it was going to be, the race, at 17 miles, was going to take all afternoon, and two of our crew, Andrew and Susan, had appointments in the afternoon. We had to withdraw in order to get them back in time.
No problem. We called the race committee, told them we had to quit, and we turned down wind, set the kite, and got them back in time to catch the bus.
And everyone had a great day.
Next time we will try a little harder.
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Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Trinidad