|Now today was a big day!Five races completed (plus one a few days ago) to get a 6 race Gold Cup in the books- wind was 10-15, ice was wet and semi-slushy. Drifts were worth steering around and keeping the windward runner light and/or just off the ice was critical.
In other words, it was powered-up, very physical sailing! Lots of sheeting in and out, moving back and forth in the boat, and aggressive steering around the drifts made for some huffing and puffing and rubbery arms and legs at the end of the day. Lots of tacking and gybing on the shifts as well- it was exhausting, see the photo John Harper napping in the restaurant before he even started drinkin;…
In the Silver Fleet Eben Whitcomb sailed well to take 12th place while Jeff Kent dusted off his DN and got back in the saddle for a few races….
In the Gold Fleet semi-rookie Oliver Moore finished 27th, Eric Anderson was just behind in 30th, Chad Atkins had a good final race to finish in 12th, and your author had a great sailing day to end up in 5th overall. My nerves, body and mind are shot but I am psyched! I’ve been saying for years that if I ever cracked the top ten at the Words I’d sell all my gear and move to Florida. Guess I ain’t the promise keeping type because the regatta has been done for 5 hrs and I still own the boat.
We are hoping to get the North Americans in (or at least started) tomorrow before the weather gets even more bizarre. Stay tuned!!!!
Think Ice! MR T
James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840