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Wet

Wet

In contrast to Tenacious’ big win in Bermuda as we relayed it yesterday, our good pal Bora Gulari had a sadder tale to tell. We were originally meant to receive daily reports from Bora on board the Nelsen/Marek 46 Natalie J, but serious water intrusion during the wet all-upwind race killed that idea, along with most of the electronics. Our favorite International Moth rock star gives us his report from the cheap seats – just a week before he begins his Moth World Championship run in Weymouth.

It’s really frustrating – we couldn’t have asked for conditions that better suited Natalie J, yet I blew it. She loves to go upwind in medium air, and after the start, we were ripping. We had plenty of speed on boats that rated much faster, and we were headed for the only way out of the adverse weather – the warm ring on the North wall of the stream. We couldn’t lay the corner of that ring – we got some of the eddy, but not all of it. When we were about to enter the stream, we were sure that we were leading our class by a decent amount. Then we hit the stream and I’ve never seen it flowing so hard. We had five knots of adverse current. Surely it couldn’t last long…