Having Your Cake…
Just for everyone’s information, I REFUSE to believe I can’t have my cake and eat it too. At least, I can’t complain about working hard towards a great weekend with some good Labor Day weather, strong competition, rewarding parties, and this astonishing cake that was created by Catharine Evans of Annapolis, and her sister Heather.
Catharine threw down a banging party at her house in Eastport after the first day of racing during the Annapolis Race Week; it was a social event that can only be compared to the party she threw last year. I personally only like to attend parties where the desserts look like sailboats, which are difficult to come by, so I was glad to see Catharine and Heather’s skillz. I wouldn’t be able to bake a cake to look like a barge, much less a sailboat. I could possibly do a submarine or a floating dock, but definitely not a J105 or an Esse 850. And I definitely wouldn’t attempt to match the sail numbers to my friends’ boats. My cake would have to have generic sails, unless I could get sponsors for it. But I guess that’s the cool thing about Annapolis; there are people there like Catharine who really personify the sailing community, not just pricks like me who personify the aggressive tacks and empty beer cans. But I digress.
Other notable events that took place at the CBYRA annual regatta include the Farr 30 North American Championships with Bodo von der Wense’s “Turbo Duck” achieving First Place with 15 points, the Overall First Place in PHRF A-1 won by Pete Hunter’s “Wairere” with Simon Minoprio and Mike Buckley calling tactics, and popular Southern Bay sailor Martin Casey winning the Catalina 27 National Championship with his boat, “bowmovement”. Please take a moment and reflect on that name. It cracks me up every time.
By and large, the currents were weird, the wind was shifty, the atomic wedgie my crewmates gave me was painful, the early mornings were harsh, the ibuprofen breakfasts were direly needed, and the hiking was full-on for at least half of the regatta, which is a lot more than we expected. And for five minutes, I got to take the helm of Wairere and drive us over the finish line to our fourth of six bullets. All of my new sailing mentors will be proud that I know how to spell fun. W-I-N.
The cake J105 “Bat IV”, owned by Andrew Kennedy finished 3rd Overall in the J105 fleet. The cake Esse 850 owned by Gerry Taylor finished 3rd Overall in the PHRF Sportboat fleet. Catharine Evans sailed on the Esse as a trimmer. Katie Burns sailed on Pete Hunter’s “Wairere” as a floating deckhand. And badass.