We left Corpus Christi early on Monday morning, October 18th headed for the Gulf of Mexico. We had plenty of crew with Mark, Don, Russ, Johnny and myself. Brenda was to fly in on Wednesday night.
We motored all the way to the Gulf before raising a sail. The crew lounged around as we were over an hour early for our start.
We were joined by a tiny passenger. This little bird hung out with us on SeaFlight for about 15 minutes before flying off to visit someone else.
Finally we arrived at the start area. The winds were at about 6 kts with 37 boats all struggling to get the best position. Everyone was trying to find wind. For the next 5 hours, we ghosted in 6 kt winds, doing 3 kts SOG. We constantly adjusted the sails to the point that my neck was sore for three days from looking up at sails. It was worth it though, we really did well against the other boats in our start.
The winds began to increase at around 7pm. By 9 pm we were badly overpowered. We reefed the sails but were still were still overpowered as we screamed along doing 7 kts. The waves built during the night causing the boat to toss around. It was difficult to go below or to sleep. The winds topped out at 35 kts overnight. Friday morning, the winds eased somewhat but turned back up again to hold at 26 to 35 kts for the duration of the race.
Friday saw everyone except for Chuck, spending their time in the cockpit to avoid going below, as seasickness was on everyone's mind. The camera battery went dead and I wasn't going below to find the spare. This is the one big wave pic I got before losing the battery. The sease were every bit of 10 ft with short chop. No exaggeration.
We finished the race at about 5pm on Friday. We crossed the line and continued on across CC Bay to the slip. We had a fantastic sail on the Bay and cruised along at 7 kts on autopilot. It was a good way to end the day. We all went our separate ways to reconvene in Port A on Saturday for the post race festivities.
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