It all started with an email Monday morning that said "Can you still make it on Thursday?" Before I knew it, arrangements were made and I was an official OTWA stand in host for the 2009 Viper 640 North Americans held out of Stamford Yacht Club in Connecticut. Being a relatively low key shy kind of person, I think that was right about when the nerves kicked in about actually doing video clips and interviews! Not to mention doing photography bits and having to juggle it all at once. Clean warned me that it would be a "shit ton" of work, and indeed it was. I only wish I could truly bring everyone video as it was happening, but connection speeds and connection issues just didn’t allow for it, especially at Chateau Justin where a bunch of folks were staying. His house is a giant black hole of all things electronic, but I think Hyerstay fixed that for him and we no longer have to crouch in a stairwell to receive a semi decent WiFi connection!
On Friday, the waters of WLIS saw the biggest Viper Regatta to date with 37 boats on the line and wind speeds between 12-16 knots. After Chris (Essex) and I shanghaied Stephen Devoe’s Protector RIB we headed out to see the Indian Harbor YC based boats throw kites up and sail down to the committee boat area with big grins on their faces. I have to admit, I was jealous of the good sailing that day and I was having trouble keeping track of what was going on with all the racing while still keeping up with the reporting and photo end of things. It was only two of us for most of the day and since we didn’t have internet access, I was texting "tweets" like crazy when I had time between photos and video. Later that day we scored Carolyn, who come to find, out is Jonathan Nye’s (USA 94) daughter. She’s just out of college and has a great sailing background so it was nice to have her aboard as help. I think Essex’s camera might have a ton of "Daddy’s boat" on there though! It was great sailing for the Vipers with that decent 12-16 breeze, but they also took their fair share of breakages, such as John Porter’s boom. Luckily he was able to fix it and head out for Saturday/Sunday racing. That evening saw both Stamford YC and Indian Harbor taking the night off, leaving the fleet to fend for itself for food and festivities at a predetermined Peruvian joint. Three cheers to our Peruvian friend Apexchaser for getting on the phone and ordering the entire table appetizers from Texas! More Pisco Sours anyone?