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You guys find these conditions pedestrian.....

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...but up here, this is big wind.   I had never raced in these conditions, and thankfully we were on a well-found F28R.  

 

Two big reefs in the main, and the jib was reefed also.   Despite this postage-stamp of a rig, we were out of control at the leeward mark rounding (0 to 30 seconds....)   We started to come around, and the leeward ama went down.   I chickened out and bore off downwind.  We had to drop the jib to get on the wind and then raise it.     Once up we pointed nicely.

 

We were racing around the cans with about 15 big monos up to 45 feet.   We started last and took line honors.   Captain and crew only.

 

Not a true 8.5, but close enough....

 

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