Last weekend saw Chris and I at Southport marine lake for the annual 24hour dinghy race with the sailing club. This is a big event for us as the club has attended every race in the 46 years it has been run. Unfortunately I could not sail due to my tendinitis in the shoulder so it fell to me to run the shore crew, managing the crews, change overs and keeping tabs of the lap times so no sleep for me. Still I reckon that's good penance for not sailing.
The race is the sailing version of the Le Mans motor race where boats continually sail from mid day Saturday, all through the night to mid day Sunday with pit stops for crew changes
|The pit area for crew change overs|
|The up wind Leg looking down the lake|
|Sailing into wind, leaning (hiking) out to balance the boat and keep it upright|
With over 60 boats taking part they cannot all start together as there is not enough room so they are set of in flights (groups) of 10 boats with 1 minute intervals. The starting order is determined by your finishing position from the previous year.
|Doing the night run, 3am in the morning and still going (this is not our boat)|
|Chris getting ready to do her turn|
|Our club Enterprise, number 46 with Chris as crew|
|Gusty conditions make for hard work|
|Sailing down wind on the other side of the lake|
As you can imagine after 24hours with no sleep we were exhausted and slept well Sunday night.
On a different note were off to Alexander Boats on Saturday to have another chat with Jim. Looks like the start date is getting closer so he wants to talk about AmyJo in some more detail. I'll post how we get on after our visit.
Hope you are all well and keeping out of the Autumnal winds we've been having of late. My Grandfather used to say "Winter drawers on" and, "Its getting late early" and it certainly is getting darker early as the evenings pass.
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