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October 06, 2006

AVRA in Vineyard Race 2006

AVRA in Vineyard Race 2006
Originally uploaded by shafferj.
This is us just after the start of the Vineyard Race. Unfortunately we didn't finish, but were the second to last boat in our class to turn back. This is before the breeze built, with it blowing 30 knots or so. We saw gusts to 45 or so, which is good fun and games, but unfortunately had a crewmember end up in borderline hypothermic state, whom we couldnt get warmed up underway. Only three boats ended up finishing: Blue Yankee, Snow Lion, and Lora Ann. Its a bit unfortunate that more didnt stick with it, but people have to be comfortable with their crew and ability levels, and it was starting to get interesting. There were reports of 60+ knots the next day. Richard Du Moulin (Commodore of the Storm Trysail Club) has a great writeup here.There's always next year i suppose, but its been quite a summer for weather on long island sound, between this and the ALIR.

Posted by justin at October 6, 2006 04:33 PM