reader rant


So the summer of 2009 has been on my mind for some time now.  Ever since I was 14 and first started racing in Southern California I heard the stories about Transpac.  Since then I have been patiently waiting for my opportunity to compete in this legendary race.  After a few years getting sidetracked I decided to really try and dedicate myself to sailing.  All of my summers are spent racing and living on boats now.  When it is not the summer months I am working in Houston Texas and racing one-design on the bay.  Everything seemed to culminate last summer and I saw myself doing more racing than I have ever done in my life.  Wed. nights in Dago with the Ed, Thursdays in Dana Point with my buddies, Fridays either practicing or delivering a boat for a race and the weekend was usually a big regatta.  Monday and Tuesdays are reserved for the beach and checking out the talent. 

My connections were getting better and I was having the time of my life.  I left after Santa Barbara-King Harbor and headed back to the armpit of America and waited for the phone call.  It finally came in April and I was asked to go to Hawaii on an Aerodyne 38 with my good friend Matthew Beattie.  Needless to say I was ecstatic!  Everyday at work I spent some of my time daydreaming about surfing down waves in the Molokai channel.  Everything was beginning to take shape and I knew it was getting close when I received my plane ticket from Honolulu-Los Angeles and my hotel confirmation.  Time to start getting in better shape and get myself prepared for this.  Well fast-forward to yesterday and I get a phone call from my skipper.  Good to hear from my friend and I am in the mood for an update, right?  Well he says to me, “Hey Keith the boat has been measured and we have a pretty good rating.” 

Sounds good to me.  “Only problem is we do not meet the stability index of 115 or greater.”  Oh shit!  Now I do not know a lot about this subject and I would never pretend to, but I do know my friend in Houston just brought an Aerodyne 38 back from Europe and I do know that there has been one that finished first in the Pineapple cup so I never figured this boat to fail a stability test.  Come to find out, a stock one measures in a 113 and we came in at 107!!  .  Just like that all the euphoria is gone, we are shocked!  The owner has contacted Alan Andrews to see if there was a mistake or if there is anything that can be done.  What do we do now?  Is the boat not safe for offshore because it has a stability index of 107?  It is amazing how deflating it was to hear this news and now it is a waiting game.  Anarchist Keith.