didn’t see the bone-jarring waves of Santa Cruz or the sheer force of
a full-on Norther in Key West, but today Annapolis doled out some of
the toughest conditions that anyone’s seen in the Melges 24. The wind
was shifty and gusty, with breeze from 15-25 knots – but that
wasn’t what made it so hard. No – it was the cold that did it.
Frozen fingers don’t trim, hoist, douse, or steer well, and with temps
in the 40s all day, almost every team came off the water in some shade
of blue. We saw Brian Janney a few hours after racing when we dropped
off a sail at the Quantum loft here in Annapolis (North’s doors were
closed, btw), and he was still rubbing his hands. “I am just now
starting to get the feeling back,” he said.