Monday, November 23, 2009

Weekend Update

We will take a pause from our trip which is on it's way to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

Friday came up and I used our new fangled steam mop and attempted to steam clean house floors. After that was finished I made my way to the Barco Sin Vela, and found that our maintenance had not been performed by Nick and his associates. That left me to pressure wash the Barco in preparation of our performance as Race Committee boat for the Kings Day Regatta, where we would be highly visible to the National Level of J-24 racers.

What I mean to say is that I had to knock the crud off our boat. There was plenty, believe me.

People walking by beheld me in awe, (Having never before seen me at work!) being that I was fully involved in cleaning for the space of four hours and was unaware of any other presence but my needle sharp spray removing gunk from the white surfaces of the Barco. Yuck. (I was made aware of this by people stopping by at the bar where they made mention of my afternoon industry)

It was an early evening, without any sustenance but bar food (Chicken Wings)and a couple of beers to call nourishment. As I had worked a full day, a full night's rest would be required before turning to for the next day's races.

Saturday was spectacularly calm, with nary a zephyr. We called it a day at 1500, there being not a breath of breeze. Naturally, at 1600 the wind was blowing blazes.

This is a series of photo's of a boat practicing spinnaker sets within the confines of a narrow boat dock. Amazing teamwork!

Bed time was 2130 on Saturday, for we had to be up and at'em for a 0830 departure. The winds came out for that days racing, and we had three great races in the St Johns River. This is my favorite picture;

Race Committee begins Start Sequence;

And the Start!

And the WINNER of the first race!

Some pictures of the next couple races;

This is the Regatta Winner, "Half Ass"

The Race Committee was very professional, and all we had to do was bring the boat. It was a great way to show the Barco Sin Vela, and a fun way to watch some great sailing competition.


Buck said...

The Race Committee was very professional...

Does this mean you kept the PBR/London Pride on ice until AFTER the regatta? ;-)

Nice pics. Sunday looked like a great day; too bad about Saturday!

Barco Sin Vela II said...

Yes Buck; We stayed dry until we returned to the dock.

There's always next time...

Anonymous said...

I need the steam mop on my rig bad!!

The J-24's are a fabled class. I would have loved to have been there to participate or watch!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Barco Sin Vela II said...

Hey Erik; Happy Thanksgiving to ewe and your family!

There are always opportunities to race J's here at the Florida Yacht Club. We must have a club fleet of 25 J-24's on trailers around the parking lot. Your Ranger would race well in the St Johns River, since the competition is mostly J-24's and Morgan 27's.