I was on the dead chase boat stationed 100' down wind of the start and 200' from the leeward mark on Sunday. It started 8-10 and ended 12-15. The wind was surprising as the boats left the beach with 0-1 and hazy overcast. The last race Greg crewed and they still sailed away from the fleet. Truely remarkable. Maybe Jacques can sail as well as he claims.
Just giving you a hard time Jacques, you know we love you.
On the dead chase boat, when I remarked that the motor started like the battery was going dead and the old gentleman reassured me that the boat had been this way for the last few days, I should have known to step off the boat at the dock. When I suggested that we not turn off the motor, that we had plenty of fuel and he said "really, it's been no issue", I should have jumped on another boat. Instead, I sat at anchor with a dead boat and no tow in as all the boats were needed as the wind built. It was a nice day on the water, but a 10 minute battery swap would have saved us both a day of being trapped on the hook.
One last note, Karen from Hobie was there to send the boys off in the morning. Her smile and personality brightened the hazy day. Always great to see you with the crew Karen.