I sailed really poorly (see the results) but I had the most fun at this race that I have had in years. Good winds, two newbie crew, a new never been flown spinnaker, several close calls with big (60'+) boats (I was on Port).
The coolest part was this; Michelle and Kaylee were jibing the jib and spinnaker without any guidance by the leward mark. Both were on and off the wire fast, even when we had to slam tack for a big starboard tacker none of us saw. The girls screamed when we; hit waves, flew a hull, dropped a hull, got splashed, stayed dry, luffed a sail, tacked, jibed... It was an hour and a half of constant 6th grade girl screams!
Near the finish of the race, we caught and passed one of the Hobie Tigers. We had a poor start, first leg, spinnaker run, and a slow begining of the beat back. But then the wind built enough for us all to be on the wire, and we were marching on the other boats. I was shocked when we passed this Tiger as he out sailed us the entire race. He held his lead even after capsizing at the leeward mark. (I told you I was slow, even capsized boats were faster than us).