Well good news is we made it back from Mackinac !!!
Bad news is we ended up with a DNF in the race… but before that, we had some good news!
A slow start had us in 18th place of 18 boats.. Only getting the boat a week prior to the race had the crew very green.. Also the only front sail (jib) that we had to use was from the previous boat, and just 3.5 feet short!!!! ok.. enough excuses.. we had a slow start!
In the first 12 hours we were able to pick off more than half the boats.. up to 8th place! Not bad eh! Front runners were in sight, this is certainly a Fast Fast Boat!
At about 2am….Timbo was off shift trying to get some sleep down below… the boat was cruising over 8 knots all night…
When all of a sudden….
We were quickly awoke to the boat being dragged sideways through the water, and soon after the sound of the spinnaker exploding.. hummm.. guess thats the alarm clock… All Hands on Deck..
It was a gruesome sight arriving on deck… sail material everywhere.. lines in the water.. Crew were fairly quiet, knowing exactly what must be done… get the sail back onboard before it get tangled up with the underside of the boat..
Knives at work, the shredded sail was shredded some more and brought back onboard.. No one hurt, Jib sail deployed and we continued on.
Morning brought some bad news, the halyards for the remaining sails were compromised and it was unsafe to continue on without going up the mast for a good look sea.
The decision was to turn around :(
Well, that didn’t stop many of the crew from making it to Mackinac..
Planes were deployed, as were ground crew vehicles and the end of race Party continued as scheduled…
Wasn’t the finish we wanted, but for only getting the boat a week before the race, we proved she has lots of potential with more prep work.
Getting excited for a sailing trip to the North Channel in a couple weeks… It’s supposed to be better cruising than the caribbean!
Have a Great Day!