A stiff breeze out of the north on a crisp sunny night made PERSPECTIVE as thrilling as the main attraction at the CNE — a combination log-ride & roller coaster. (Thankfully no bumper cars!) And we added to the thrill by continuing to move people around the boat. Lazy Sheet took his first turn on the foredeck, and we put big Dave Holloway to work trimming sheets. But it was Gadget and Squirrel who worked hardest tonight. Gil had to grind the winches with all his might, and Calvin pumped the sheet and traveler constantly to keep the boat as level as possible — impossible tonight, even with six big lads on the rail.
The wind was deceiving. Coming out of the North, there was no fetch, and so there were no whitecaps. Sailing downwind to the start line, I was thinking we might set the #2, but when I checked the true wind speed (14-18 and building as we sailed toward Hamilton), it was clearly time for the #3. We haven’t used this sail much — it basically only comes out on nights like this — so it was a chance to try something new in exciting conditions. We also changed the mainsail to the old mainsail which is cut much flatter. The theory here is that this sail would be backwinded less. That probably was true, but it was hard to draw any conclusions with so much wind being spilled most of the time!
With the wind out of the North, the race committee dropped a mark near the Hamilton shore, dead downwind of LaSalle park, and we raced across the bay two times in 15+ knots of wind, and some great big gusts on top of that. Woohoo!
With many folks sailing in unfamiliar positions, we wisely left the spinnaker in its bag, though most of our fleet did fly their chutes. Instead of getting caught up in the competition, we smiled, and enjoyed the ride. Have a look: