Personally, I am thankful for my wife, Joy, and daughter, Caitlin. I’m thankful for my entire family, immediate and extended. I’m thankful for those serving over seas protecting us from the World’s evil, and with a greater feeling of indebtedness, I’m thankful for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this great nation. I’m thankful for my friends, old and new. I’m thankful for a sailing community that pulled me back in and convinced me to breathe life back to these websites.
And last but not least, I’m thankful for everything that is The Forgotten Coast. It is there that I found myself again.
Thank you all!
Yes, it is that time of year again. Soon Thanksgiving will be over and you’ll have all that extra food, not to mention the extra personal ballast on board, and nothing to do with it. Well, here is an idea: The Third Annual LLSC Leftover Regatta set for Saturday, November 30th. Now going on its third year, like in years past, bring the leftovers you looking to consume, some chili, or crock-pot of food and we’ll supply some adult beverages. It will be the normal, no frills, chilled, no pressure fun race you’ve come to appreciate. It is an open event with races planned for both PHRF and Portsmouth boats. See the NOR at the LLSC Home page and or Sign-up online right here!
Day Three … The Island Race
Today was the big day, the signature race of this event. The island race counts as double points and cannot be used as a discard. We started with a short race around the bay to get warmed up, and then the main event. The race started out with a windward leg, and then evolved into a series of legs on all points of sail. If you look at the map, there were gates between islands, temp marks set up in bays to bring us in close for the spectators, and then offshore legs that took several miles out to round additional islands.
I won’t bore you with the details, but it was a very technical course deciding how close or how far to round an island or enter a bay depending on the wind direction and current in play at that point. Big losses or gains could be made on some of the roundings. Again the scenery was very dramatic and spectacular.
We finished 21st in the island race and were happy with that result.
Day Four … Races Six and Seven
The saved the toughest for last. Today we sailed two long races back to back. The wind was peaking at 20 knots and the swells were 15+ feet, add 2 feet of chop on the swell and it made for some tough sailing. I told David that if it had been like this on the first day, I would have taken a lay day and sat on the beach. Today equaled some of the toughest Tybee or Great Texas legs we’ve raced in. There were dismastings, injuries, and blown sails, but fortunately we survived unscathed. We sailed very conservatively to bring it home in one piece, and as a result had our worst day ever with 27th and 31st finishes. With those two results our overall finish slipped to 22nd for the event.
Would we do it again, oh yeah! If god is a cat sailor, this is what heaven is going to be like.
Mike, Rebecca, David, and Renee
OH! BTW! Check out the St. Barth Airport Take-Offs and Landings.
I usually don’t pimp my own boats, but I find it fitting that today I take a look back at the sailboat that made your editor the happiest, Mental Floss, my 1972 Pearson 26. She isn’t a sport boat. She isn’t a roomy cruiser, never have cared to much for those anyway. But the one thing she was for me was perfect, just right. A great sailing piece of American sailboat history classic plastic.
Now, after being boat-less for over sixteen months, another Pearson 26 has fallen into my lap. This time she is a 1978–hull 1603–and a science project. I’ve almost never seen a dirtier boat. She requires a few small projects, but a cleaning is what she need most, that and a skipper. She’s no Mental Floss; she never will be. But she is a Sea Note, and that sounds perfect to me.
The Last 2013 Cata Cup Video
the 2013 St. Barth Cata Cup
This morning the Sailing Mafia saw a short distance race out around a couple of islands, then back for a huge lunch spread on the beach – hosted by Nikki Beach restaurant. Then another race after lunch clockwise halfway around the island to a mark set in a cove, and back to the beach. Dinner last night was a 5 star affair hosted Guanahani Resort and Spa, one of the most exclusive resorts in St Barth – which is really saying something.
Dave and I finished 20th, and 15th on the two races and moved up to 16th overall.
Today is only one race, but it is around the island, with multiple marks set up in the coves off of the beaches and hotels. This will provide lots of vantage points for spectators and sponsors to see the racing. This race counts for double points and cannot be discarded. Wish us luck.
For more info go to www.stbarthcatacup.com/
The weekend forecast for Lake Lanier sailors is rain and cold, a high of 45 on Sunday. That’s bullshit, I hate the cold. But Sailing conditions are little different for another Sailing Mafia team. With the F-18 all packed up and squeezed into a shipping container, the members of Team Zhik, Mike Krantz and David Lennard, headed down Island to join fifty-four other teams to compete in the 2013 St. Barth Cata Cup. I don’t think it has ever been 45 degrees down there.
The guys spent the last few days unpacking the boat and putting it back together again. Then yesterday, they got the first race under their belt. A 15 mile steeple chase event that took the teams on a tour of St. Barth and the surrounding islands. Poor Fellas. The sailors had 8-10 foot seas and 15+ knots of pressure to zip them around the course. It was warm. Damn them!
They finished the event in just under two hours with a middle of the pack finish. Had the topless beach darlings not been standing around the surf watching, they might have been able to squeeze in a little better finish. Boys will be boys…
Good luck with today’s racing, Mike! Keep the reports coming.