Monday, May 16, 2011

Tuning Up

Keane and I got some good training time in this weekend with a practice/tune-up race from Marblehead to Minots Light off Cohasset. The Peterson 34 Greyhawk was just launched on Thursday of last week and heading for Newport Saturday morning so we thought we'd bat it around with them for a bit on their way to the canal. They got out to an early lead as Jeroboam managed to find more than a few holes tacking out of Salem Bay but out in the open of Mass Bay, Greyhawk was severely handicapped flying only their 100% blade in 10-15 knots of breeze vs. Jeroboam's 140% genny so we made up some lost ground and then some. We left Greyhawk to continue on their merry way and turned back to Marblehead for some spinnaker practice, including unwraping it from the head stay which wasn't a planned drill but a good exercise nonetheless. Jeroboam continues to impress me, posting solid performance numbers at all points of sail. Just about all the kinks are worked out and almost all the cruising luxuries have been jettisoned. Good thing too. It's almost time to race.

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