June 6, 2012

Wednesday Night Racing

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Annapolis Sunset as we sailed into the harbor!

Annapolis Sunset as we sailed into the harbor!

The light and variable breeze that we had all day strengthened to a cool 10-15 knots from the SW providing the Wednesday Night Racing fleet with a beautiful evening.  Both Woodwinds were privately chartered by one company so the competition aboard was strong.  Jen and I on both Woodwinds carefully set our strategies for a well timed start.  Unfortunately for me, I was out maneuvered by Jen and fouled her at the start.  This ultimately cost us the race because we had to do a penalty 360° turn, but provided a very exciting race for all our guests.  My crew performed flawlessly and our guests enthusiastically helped by providing proper trim.

We wisely decided to set a race course that we were able to finish within an hour’s time.   The guests on board eagerly took advantage of the offer to steer giving them a fresh insight as to why sailing is such a thrill.  Many of them were so surprised at how such small adjustments in both helm and sail trim had such a real effect on speed.  All this with a backdrop of over a hundred yachts with their colorful sails all made for a memorable evening. And a gorgeous sunset!

 

Captain Ken

About Captain Ken

How do you answer the question, What do I want to do when I grow up? For me, it was, ask the question what do I love to do that I can share with others and make it a career? I taught instrumental music to elementary students for 25 years. When that was no longer an option due to budget cuts, I asked the question again? This time the answer was, with the help of my family, Schooner Woodwind.
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