Key West Race Week 2000
What to say about this year's race
week other than that what we didn't bring home in trophies, we
brought home in knowledge and experience.
We chartered a J-105 called Phenix...don't
ask us about the strange spelling ... you'll have to talk to Bob
about that, but I think it has something to do with not wanting
to mistake the boat for the city. With 3 crew from England and
one from Boston, the collection of accents aboard was colorful
Our 9th place finish overall in
a One Design fleet of 18 boats was not what we had hoped for,
or expected, but at least we improved our performance toward the
end of the week. The one trophy we came home with was for a third
place finish on Friday. We did have one other Third place finish
but it was on a day with 2 races and we were called "over
early" on the second race so our combined score for that
day didn't qualify us. *sigh*
We did however get to spend time
with our English friends, Chris, Neil, and Jason, and that is
always great fun! We also met some of the J-105 fleet who we hope
to count as new friends.
Of new lessons learned... having
a wide load trailered from New Hampshire to Florida is not only
expensive but quite an ordeal! Permits are complicated to get
and restrictions are not made public knowledge until the last
minute when its too late to change plans.
Important sailing lesson learned...don't
try using a brand new sail for an important event if it has not
yet been sail tested with your sailmaker aboard. I'll leave that
long story for some other time.
Bottom line was this: of 8 races
we finished in 11th, 12th, 12th, 12th, 12th, 3rd, 12th and 3rd.
For a while there we were sure we had 12th place locked up and
would win a trophy for boat with the most consistent finishes
(if there was such a thing).
All in all, any week out racing
is still better than any week at work!