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late for class We’ll be a bit tardy with our usual outstanding fare today, as between Charleston Race Week and the Newport to Ensenada Race, we are spread out a bit and getting back late. The Ed did post a brief report from the N2E race in the forum however..

late for class

We’ll be a bit tardy with our usual outstanding fare today, as between Charleston Race Week and the Newport to Ensenada Race, we are spread out a bit and getting back late. The Ed did post a brief report from the N2E race in the forum however..

well we didn’t smoke everyone, just mostly everyone. we were first in class, but second overall to dc on stars and stripes. he beat us by 18 minutes on time – not a lot considering how light it was at the end. it would have been great to win this thing overall, but last time i checked, there was no shame in losing to dc. for sure we were the stand-out small boat and we walloped our class by over three hours on corrected time. winning the united states of america secretary of state perpetual trophy is very cool and i could only be slightly happier! big thanks to my peeps who just busted their asses to make this win possible – keith lorence, paige johnson, ed mccoy, eva rummel and sean kelly. i am pretty sure that we won the party too…

as for wind, there was a good bit of breeze in the evening – we saw 20 true at one point and the little anarchy was loving it. we too tried to stay outside given the weather forecasts, but a huge right shift couldn’t be ignored so we came in but as we started seeing the coronados and it was getting lighter, so we bit the bullet and took a long, long unfavored jibe out into more pressure – maybe 10 miles or so outside the coronados. we then just tried to keep our outside lane, jibe on the shifts and come in a bit later rather than earlier. what was bizarre is that we didn’t see another boat all night – makes for that "fuck, hope we are doing the right thing" sort of feeling. finally at daybreak coming into ensenada we could see a couple of bigger boats and we figured we had done pretty well and indeed we had. but ya never fucking know with this race. part of the appeal, i think.

speaking of the race – it needs to be saved. 175 boats is embarrassing and we are talking to some of the organizers now actually to see what we can do to help get it back on track. in fact, we are going to look to the community for your ideas on what can be done to make it better. there is history to this race that should be not be allowed to fade away. sure, it is far from perfect, but it is one of those rare heritage events that, having done it again for the first time in years, made me realize how much fun the whole experience is. the organizers were organized, the race was challenging, and ensenada was an absolute blast. that city has come along way and there is some new thinking from the local government to make the ensenada trip a better one.

winning of course makes every race a good one, but i think this race is special and in terms of participation, needs to be closer to what it once was. Jump in the N2E thread if you wish…