I'm back at work today after my week off in Florida - it's nice to be back but it was tough to leave the warm sunny weather. I had a great time at Thistle Midwinters East and definitely hope to do the regatta again in the future.
We ended up 15th overall - we'd like to have gotten into the top 10 and felt like we had the boat speed to be there but didn't make enough of the right calls. A couple of deep starts in the later races made it tough to get back in touch with the lead pack and we had trouble figuring out what the northerly breeze was going to do next.
It was a very competitive regatta and the Thistle fleet is full of great sailors so we're very happy with how we finished. The 44 boat fleet was pretty deep and it was definitely tough to climb back if you made a mistake. The level of racing in the class is very high.
Greg Fisher won the regatta handily with very consistent racing. He sailed a great regatta with five bullets in the nine races held during the week. As always he handled his win gracefully with thank you's to everyone - even the folks who threw him in the pool Friday afternoon (unfortunately I didn't have the camera with me for that).
The Thistle is a great class even if it isn't the most comfortable boat I've ever sailed on (hopefully the bruises on my knees and shins will go away soon). The St. Pete Yacht Club is an awesome place to sail too - great RC and hospitality. I met a lot of cool people too - overall Thistle MWE was a great time.