Antigua Sailing Week 2014 Pictures


Today was the final race day and Paul held the single race to a relatively short course so that everyone could return in a timely manner, since there were to be two prize givings today. The first was for the daily scores, but then the final party and overall prize giving ceremony was to be held in Nelson's Dockyard after that.
Our team had another fine day, seasoned professionals that we'd now become, and our half-rations of Wadadli had been augmented by Clare using Carib beers so we were once again happy after the final finisher crossed the line.
After the first prize giving I went back to the boat, showered and shaved, and then ended up at the Loose Mongoose for libations and had dinner there as well. The night ended up being a short one as I was more tired than I'd expected and I only barely got the prize giving and party before retiring back to the boat for a long sleep. The sleep was interrupted several times by load music ashore, but the white noise of the fan made it bearable.

Mascot recycling duck Michele and the mascot duck on the final day.
(2014-05-02 09:05:34 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Mascot recycling duck
Trusty stopwatch and timing system Seiko System Stopwatch - prints out successive finishes and leaves a real paper trail.
(2014-05-02 09:06:09 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Trusty stopwatch and timing system
Why didn't you whistle? El Ocaso (who was racing with Committee Boat A) crossed our finish line at speed and this crewmember seems to wondering why we didn't blow the finish whistle for them :)
(2014-05-02 12:17:47 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
Why didn't you whistle?
Linda hard at work Linda writing down the boats as they pass by before the races start.
(2014-05-02 12:18:41 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
Linda hard at work
Yeah Baby! Oh Yeah! as he passes by the finish line for the last time during the 2014 races.
(2014-05-02 12:21:42 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Yeah Baby!
Close spinnaker finishes The finish line is crossed when the furthest forward part of the spinnaker goes by.
(2014-05-02 12:25:21 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Close spinnaker finishes
While the cockpit area on this purebred raceboat is huge, it doesn't work for a cruising sailboat.
(2014-05-02 12:35:07 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/640s] ISO 200)
Windshift on the finish line The spinnaker collapsed on the approach to the finish line due to a windshift.
(2014-05-02 12:39:02 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Windshift on the finish line
Celebrations for a job well done Our committee boat crew having a celebratory drink after the last contestant finished.
(2014-05-02 12:59:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Celebrations for a job well done

(2014-05-02 19:19:27 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/60s] ISO 400)
   
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