Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Regatta Report: Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race
As the sun was setting around 7pm, our relatively calm sail turned a little more exciting when we blew up the kite on a gybe. It was the only masthead kite on board so a quick change to an asymmetric kite was in order. I will say, the timing worked out as our track was beginning to head further west. After settling in with the new kite, the sun dropped along with the temperature.
Capilene 1, Capilene 3, Nike fleece/spandex top, hoodie, fleece, and a TP2 jacket…and I was still cold!
With twenty different way points to take to starboard, it was a constant game of find-the-next-point with marks ranging from 100ft towers to small, lit buoys. We were certainly surprised to find an unlit buoy, quite close, in only about 3+ meters of water. (Meters, yes. We were on a Canadian boat.)
Luckily for us, the next three days got progressively warmer, and we were able to enjoy the island. With sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s, it was a welcomed change from the race temperatures. It was a great experience overall – although, a few more degrees would have been nice!
Congratulations to Mirage, a Hobie 33 for taking the overall trophy and of course, a thank you to the RC for a well-run event!