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J/22 Team Putnam - Midwinters 2008 Day 3 (final)
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June 03, 2007
By: Steven Roth

The Shearwater race was awesome. We missed our start but had great average boat speed (4.88 knots). The wind picked up to a steady 20-25 as we went down towards Bloody point and Tropical Storm Barry sent 10 foot rollers up the bay with the flood tide. Needless to say, we opted not to put the kite up for the downwind leg from the mark around Bloody Point to the bridge. It was a wild ride. Bennet took the brunt of the waves on the bow, I was really suprised at how calm he was for that being his third time sailing. He's a cool guy. Poor Charley's arm almost fell off trying to keep the boat straight on the reach down by bloody point and at one point, and him an I both had to pull on the tiller to keep the boat from rounding way up (that was with the main all the way out!). I decided not to put on any foul weather gear thinking I was safe in the back of the boat, but the last upwind leg changed that. We took about three or four waves straight over the bow and managed to have a couple inches of water in the cockpit. Our boat speed maxed out at 10.3 knots. I had a really good time calling tactics. Although we didn't get to te statrting line in time for our sequence, it wasn't too hard to find all the marks and figure out where the boat was. It was a really cool race! Looking forward to doing it again next year, although I think it will be a little calmer. I even managed to get a video on my cellphone.