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May 10, 2006
By: Pete Carrico - 15 - skipper
I was a bit concerned when my dad said I was going to drive Team Tsunami in race 4 of the Wednesday Night Series. Even though I’ve crewed on some big boats, I’ve only driven Opti’s in Races. Needless to say, it was scary thinking about it, but was exciting to do!

With about 8 or 10 knots of wind, we decided we wanted to start about 1/3 of the way down from the committee boat and everything was 0k until this mystery J105 started reaching down the start line with about 20 seconds to go. We were “leeward boat”, so we’re yelling at the guy “leeward boat, come up”! It’s obvious he’s not going to come up, and he keeps reaching down on us. I had to bear off a lot to keep from hitting him, and when the gun went off, this guy trims in and is now directly upwind to us. We went from having a great start to having most of the J105’s ahead of us. When we yelled “Protest” and pulled out the red protest flag, the jerk on the other boat yells over “this is our first time racing”. I’m sure he knew that he fouled us, but he kept on sailing, and didn’t to his penalty turn.

Now we’re fighting for clear air and ducking boats.

My dad (and Team Tsunami Coach) said that the experience is still good and fighting for clear air and ducking boats is still a great challenge and how to develop skills.
It turns out that this guy was not even registered to race, but just showed up! So we couldn’t protest or even get redress, but I learned a lot.

The key thing about driving the boat is watching the tell-tails on the jib, and working with the trimmers to keep the boat in the groove.