But wait a minute: if Freedom was to be the Race Committee boat, responsible for acting as starting line and finish line -- typically in two different places -- and the Capn' was going to be racing, who was going to seer Freedom? Yes, it was time for me to take off my Admiral's cap and step up to the role of Captain!
The winds were high throughout most of the weekend, forcing the Friday Fun race to be completed below decks using charts and conversation. Saturday dawned calm and sunny and the early birds began race preparation. Mother Nature had other plans and by 8AM the winds picked up and the waves were white capped. Much to the dismay of some crew members, the days race was on. Some boats opted not to risk injury to crew or rigging and opted out (including Crazy Horse). Those that pressed on faced an athletic day as they raced from Baltimore Light to the Magothy River. As you can see from the anemometer, it was not a day for the faint of heart:
|That is 39kts of wind!|
firing the gun,
We were all rewarded with a peaceful anchorage and evening, where we visited among the fleet and shared stories and laughs over dinner.
Sunday was breezy but better, bringing the full fleet to the race course. The Cap'n steered the boat to the starting line, then jumped on the Horse. Once again anchored off of Baltimore Light we had some picture perfect starts:
|Not sure if I would enjoy living in a Lighthouse ......|
|That's Reef Points -- formerly known as Pyewacket. A beauty!|
|Perfect Start for Class B|
holiday weekend boat traffic and buoys to make it safely to the finish line. Phew!!
The racers finished in rapid succession against the backdrop of the Baltimore industrial waterfront and the Key Bridge.
|The Commodore's yacht -- formerly known as Freedom -- nearing the finish line|
|Bluejacket - The overall winner!|
Everyone was anxious to get to shore for a long hot shower and a chance to talk over the day's activities and before long we were all docked at the Maryland Yacht Club for a lobster dinner and awards ceremony. Crazy Horse earned First Place for Sunday's Class B race! Go Horse Go!!