Give him all the shit you want, but give some credit to Clean, helping Bruce Geffen’s Nice Pair on their overall multihull honors for the 101st Chicago-Mackinac race, finishing Tuesday morning shortly after midnight.. This is Nice Pair’s second straight division win in the Chicago Mac but their first ever overall multihull victory, breaking Matt Scharl and Gamera’s 3 year stranglehold on the race. If you haven’t seen Clean’s On-The-Water Anarchy coverage from this classic race it’s pretty entertaining; catch up on the last few days and catch the final run to their finish of the Super Mac tomorrow morning, along with video and pics of the action from the water and special discounts from OTW sponsor Point Loma Outfitting. Here’s Clean’s report:
You just never know how things are going to turn out, do you? We were dispirited and beaten up at the finish line of the Mac; short tacking up the channel in a 40′ cat just ain’t no fun, and three days of light air work in a boat that doesn’t like it isn’t much better, and a morning full of sail repair and uncertain positioning gave us no reason to rejoice.
Somehow though, we made a few good choices and got a few good strokes of luck, and managed to take the overall multihull victory against some incredible multihull racers; like Matt Scharl and Jan and Meade Gougeon; that’s good enough for me! To make matters more exciting, our little bet with Bora Gulari, navigator aboard Natalie J, is not quite in the bag yet. A full day of beating out the Straits Of Mackinac gave Phil O’ Neil the same kind of advantage that led them to win their division in the Mac. If the wind will just free up a little bit we can get back into the 10s and 12s, but at the moment it looks like I’ll be buying Bora a bottle of his favorite rum. It’s not all bad though; today was one of the prettiest flat water sailing days I’ve ever had – there’s just nothing like a big multihull in this stuff. And Mer whipped up a ham soup and melted cheese and salami sandwich dinner – we’re still eating well and ready for a ridiculous volume of liquor when we hit the Black River sometime around noon or better…And it ain’t over til the bald bastard sings…
For those of you who’ve been waiting for the D-One test sail report and our report from Sail Newport in the Melges 24 class, thanks for your patience – be back soon enough. And we might even find the time to cover the start of the Port Huron to Mac race with its cool NASCAR vibe and all the BYC friends and family. Almost there!