Rum Race 06/07/12
The weather looked frightful up until just before 6:00, and apparently most of the regulars were discouraged. Two vessels did make it out, Lough Buoy and Gilravage. Andy decided to crew with Mike and I sailed with Fisk and soon to be new member Pauli? on Gilravage. A tiny bit of match racing prior to the start allowed Lough Buoy a head start that was larger than I had intended. The wind was around 10 knots from the southwest and just puffy enough to keep Gilravage from locking in, so Lough Buoy lead until well past the turning mark. The return trip was a little deeper reach and the longer waterline eventually prevailed. The spread between the handicaps was well matched to the time between finishes but alas the timekeeper aboard Lough Buoy was interrupted and the actual finish time became unavailable. Of course it is imperative that you submit an actual elapsed time to the scoring committee or you will be scored as DNF. So, make sure your time keeper is doing its job. Of course, A DNF still qualifies to be in the drawing for the Rum and I am beginning to think that Emma is better at picking a deserving winner by drawing a chip than Portsmouth handicaps and corrected times.
Lough Buoy wins the Rum and makes a gift to Rum Race first timer Pauli. wb