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First Sucks

IRosebud/ Team DYT , MSR update day 5.
As we beat the last 40 miles back to Malta in 16 – 18 knots of
wind knowing that our two main competitors are close to finishing this
race I am struck by a few first time events for me and for this boat:

  • This is the first time is has taken us 42 hours to sail only 150 miles
  • This is the first time I have been in a 4 day 600 mile ocean race
    in a 65’ race boat.
  • This is the first time I have ever sailed a 600 mile race and not
    worn foulies
  • This is the first time we have sailed against an identically rated
    boat and been beat by at 5 hours (Congratulations to Jim Swartz and
    his team on Moneypenny)
  • This is the first time we have been stuck in a hole for 8 hours and
    watched our competition sail away
  • This is the first time I have been aboard a boat that escaped a wind
    hole and then no other boat after escaped for another 6 hours.

I can say that is always interesting to have first time experiences,
but not always nice. I am not sure what I have learned from this experience
other than we are all very fortunate to be part of a sailing team and
have the opportunity to experience sailing in a part of the world where
we have never sailed before (Thank you Roger and Isobel for making this
all possible). Sometimes it turns out better than you could have ever
hoped (Such as in Australia) and other times you have to eat a bit of
humble pie.

Now the boat heads to Genoa to load on a Dockwise Ship and head to Fort
Lauderdale , The next ocean race on the schedule for us is the Pineapple
Cup. Until then, Rosebud/ Team DYT… OUT.

(Note the Mills 68 Alegre crossed the Marsamxett Harbour finish line
of the 2008 Rolex Middle Sea Race, to take line honors in the 29th edition
of the 607 nautical-mile race. Alegre completed the course in just over
3 days 19 hours, about 44 hours outside Rosebud’s record.)