Saturday, August 29, 2009

Maine Rocks Delay

The race committee decided to delay the Maine Rocks Race until September 19-20 because of Danny. I was able to confirm that the Around Isleboro Race has a single handed division so I'll enter that the weekend prior. It's not very long, so it's probably just a day race, but I'm hoping a bunch of the Maine Rocks entrants will participate as there's some very accomplished sailors in the bunch. For the time being, I'm holed up in Somes Harbor on MDI waiting out the storm which was downgraded and shouldn't deliver much more than 40 knot gusts. I'll spend the next two weeks hiking/biking/sailing around MDI and visiting with friends and family in the area.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Another Win for Jeroboam!

Zoe and I managed to take the double handed division of the Ida Lewis Distance Race this weekend and place third among the PHRF boats. The race committee ended up shortening the course so that all the boats could get in before hurricane Bill approached so it only ended up being a 104 nm course. Jeroboam performed very well. I depart for Maine tomorrow in preparation for the Maine Rocks Race on Saturday.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Bring It.

Fantastic news: the Ida Lewis Distance Race organizers have granted Jeroboam an exemption to the PHRF rating cap for their race starting Friday, August 21st. High profile races occasionally restrict entry by rating, vessel length or other metrics to avoid having to shepherd amateurs and slow boats around a course that might otherwise be too challenging. Thankfully, the race committee decided to allow Jeroboam's entry after reviewing my petition, researching Jeroboam's positive stability data and assessing her reputation among the single and short handed racing community. The other good news is that Zoe agreed to race with me in the double handed division so it's all systems go! There's a bunch of hot boats signed up for this one but it remains to be seen which will race double handed. Any way you slice it, this will be a tough race with some fantastic competition. Charge!