Saturday, June 6, 2009

When the going gets tough

After a brilliant run this afternoon with an average speed in excess of 8 knots, I blew out my large 0.75 ounce asymmetrical spinnaker. The tear is at the clew and is too large to tape up. I think I can have it repaired in Bermuda but for this leg of the race, it's all done. This is a crippling blow to my competitiveness as my other spinnaker is too small for light air work and precisely those conditions will comprise the balance of the race. It's painful to watch the boat limp along at 6.5 knots when you know, with the right sail, she can do 8. I'll have to slog it out as best I can to the finish line and hope everyone else blew out their spinnakers as well.

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