TrYC Shields “Race” Gaeta I, 30.05.15

Hm, what to say about this, my second, event for the Shields class. Decided to do something entirely different this week, kinda easier for boats and skippers but also deluxed it up a bit. Yes, yesterday’s so-called race was more of a cruise than a race and seemed incredibly easy on paper but obviously was still too hard for some of the racers. From the 7 or 8 started boats only 2 made it back to the finish … and those also only after rerezzing and restarting … oy vey.

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See the time? 34 secs into the race and the peloton of the fleet starts. One boat was even blocking the line with sails down … and when she finally hoisted sails she couldn’t get her boat up to speed. 😦

To make it short, this event wasn’t quite the majestic sailing parade I had imagined when I dreamed it up.

But here are some (mostly) uncommented photos for y’all:

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51 seconds, and some strugglers only now managed to cross the line and start. :/ Peepels, in a race time is a kindasorta important factor if you didn’t know.
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YAY! The bulk of the fleet finally is en route … racing occurs … lateron winner Lucy still in 5th position.
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Taste isn’t to be argued about, right? What taste??? LOL 🙂
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The “tasteful” crew with high heeled stilettos … on a wooden boat!!! Girly, this was sposed to be a real race, not a fashion shoot for some housewives magazine! Dammit. <:
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Some sailors at least gave the impression they knew what they were doing. Looking good here, hun, looking sexy.
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Sails down in the middle of a racetrack? Big Nono! Sails down at a neuralgic spot like a very tight corner directly at the EOW? Even biggerer Nono!!! Our tasteful boat hardly managed to squeeze thru the little space that was left for them..
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Orca waited long for what little rest of the fleet was still alive to pass the south-east end of the course in Turpentine. Ginger Henderson, closely followed by Lucy and in some distance by Burt with a terribly loud motor vessel. But thx anyway for keeping an eye on the sailors, Burt.
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YAY! Some sailors obviously still had some kind of fun.
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The halfway rounding mark, a super small isle in Blinter. Ginger and Lucy approaching …
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… and both of ’em managed to plough new trenches into the muddy ocean floor. Not that I warned the whole fleet repeatedly before start that the water around the isle is like super shallow … tssk tssk. :/
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RD, course marshall and spectator didn’t get to see much. AFAIK only 4 boats managed to make it up to here, and they were super far apart … we were bored to tears. :..(
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Lucy sailed mostly very sovereign, apart from that little grounding at Blinter isle and a crash when entering the last sim, she showed the most stable performance of all racers and consequently drove home a very solid and well-earned victory.
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Here she is still chasing Ginger, who crashed herself out of the race a while later.
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A last photo of Ginger before disaster struck. 😮
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Nice motto on the shirt but sadly it wasn’t quite true for yesterday’s race fleet, which mostly sucked indeed. 😦
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Lucy winnered the first ever Shields super long course endurance race! Can I hear a \o/ YAY! \o/ please?
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Meanwhile the bored RD, crashers and strugglers and class officials started a dance party to wait for eventual maybe survivors. And just when Orca sent out a call to the Shields group a lonely sail appeared on the horizon and …
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… YAY!!! Not even 3 days later Armano reached the finish line in second place … or wait … nooooo! It isn’t Armo but a fairly young skipper I’ve never heard of before and her names escapes me now due to my terribly bad short term memory. 😦 Anyway, super nice of Armano to have taken care of the struggling sailor and jump on her boat as crew. I guess she’s learned a lot and will be a force to reckon with in the next couple weeks and decades. If only I could remember her name …

memoryAnyhoo, next week we’ll meet again on a more regular race course. Something not as hectic and buoy hugging as our first event but also not as long drawn out and explorative as the Gaeta I race. No worries, Orca will cook something up.

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They seemed to have gone thru a lot, crashed, rerezzed and restarted and tried to catch up to the 2 leaders. The skipperess even mumbled something about slumping down on the cockpit floor after they finished. 😉 A very well earned second place.
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Let that be a lesson to all of you: While it’s logical to drop out of a race after crashing on our usual short courses, it’s a totally different story on looooooong courses. Since many boats are crashing in those, even champions, it’s always good to retry and try again and again. So you can be slow as fuck and still end up with a very high score. If this would be a serious series our new skipper would be on place 2 in the overall ranking!

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    • Oh yes, now I remember the name, also read it somewhere in forum or group IMs. Well, anyway, congratz to Watcher for the resilience and stamina and the second place. 😉

      BTW, what happened to you? An experienced old sailor like you … and crashed out on a harmless cruise thing?

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      • What happende to me orca? I just have new was to have fun in sailboat racing. And of course i stick always wit the biggen races.

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      • Arghs. Spelling correction killed my last reply.
        I tried to say…..

        What happend to me Orca? I just have new ways to have fun in sailboat racing.
        And of course i always stick with the bigger races.

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  1. I know, Armo. I just wondered what happened to you in that specific race. If I recall correctly you started in your own boat … and 3 days later you finished the race as Watcher’s hood ornament 😉 LOL

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