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May 03, 2006
By: Bryan Stout – skipper
After a day of school, work, and practice, eight sailors left the harbor with the adrenaline flowing. An anticipating day of sailing was ahead with a steady NE 18 some of us didn’t know what to look for in the night\'s race, some just hoped that they would get through it. We had a good team, and we knew it. By looking at the slowly dying breeze we had no idea where this race was going to lead us. We were just sailing in straight lines until someone asked, "Where are we going to start?" After quick analysis of the course I said, "Um…I think that the pin looks good." Eyes raced in all directions varying from the top of the sail to the breeze direction. Everything said pin was good, including strong winds from the Severn River, and a course that was much better than starting on starboard at the boat. Naturally no one argued about the decision and we were set to think about an approach. Our idea was to come into the pin, on starboard, and do a Jibe-Set. Seemed like a good idea but we all knew that the slightest mistake would remove us from the perfect start.

As the gun went off for the third start, our start being the fourth, we knew it was time to start thinking and setting up for the pin. We sailed the boat into the Severn around the naval ship yard. Waiting, we started thinking race and then more start again. The perfect start would involve us being the lowest boat coming into the pin and gaining room from the boats on starboard and making the ones on port avoid. At twenty seconds we made our approach, it looked good until a committee boat snuck up on us. He waved us off and we had to round him to his stern. Still laying the pin we snuck in and Jibed at the gun. We were clear ahead of everyone and in good pressure.

As we were going down wind our boat transformed from a crew to a team of sailors trying to find the common goal of victory. Everyone worked harder to make up for mistakes and then harder to improve on everything. The boat went from terrible jibes to ones that could take a fleet at Block Island. Eventually we had the mark in sight, pinning the two closest boats past the lay-line we were able to keep our lead. The windward boat Jibed out and went below us and we decided to go with them and jibe. As the boat Inigo went behind us we jibed with Freedom windward of us. Our breeze was being covered enough by Inigo to allow Freedom a pass into the mark but we still rounded in second. As we started going up wind we decided to avoid the pin from boats behind us while we could, and chase a puff by Bembi beach. We were sailing in a circle of constant headers until the point we were forced to tack. The course was bearing us towards the towers on Greenbury Point. All we were getting was big lifts, just not enough to lay the point and still be in good breeze.

Though slow we tacked many times learning more every time. By the time we had made it to the red nun signaling the ability to enter the harbor we had the lead in sight. Inigo decided to go low and freedom just a little higher. We decided to go high and try not tacking to honor the green can mark. We worked our way up, but were unable to lay the can. Then the opportunity for a pass arose. If we could tack and stay inside of Inigo we could hold them and make a quick break for the finish. We came, we saw and we delivered, with an excellent tack we were forcing Inigo past the lay-line and with one quick tack we had second place easy. The sail of my life the final stretch we could have the best Team Tsunami finish this season. We got the second and though we couldn’t pull off the win we were able to leave this race with a better outlook on sailing big boats then when they got on the boat.