Today's races began at the 7AM meeting for us, but the actual race for the Gill Commodore's Cup didn't start until 10AM. We motored out in strong winds, at times going over 30 knots constant with gusts going somewhat high. The waves were commensurately high and it was a sloppy and at times uncomfortable boat motion once we anchored in 30 feet of water. We soon had the start line set up and before we knew it the start sequence began with Theo calling out all of the sequence radio traffic. My task for the day was to be official scribe, a choice which they probably regretted once they saw what my handwriting looked like. But I did take copious notes and once someone finds the appropriate Zanshin-Stone to decipher my scrawl they will know what happened. On a positive note, the starts all went quite well with no tense or close situations that might require looking back at the written notes.
After starting our groups we proceeded to relocate to a new position in order to function as the finish line. This took a bit of hunting around but we were set up in good time and could relax with our (non-alcoholic) drinks and sandwiches and had enough time to digest our meals before the first finishers approached the line. It was a good start for us, as the finishers all came in at different times and there were no close calls or chances at messing up the times or finish order.
After pulling up the finish marker and returning to our mooring close to the Simpson Bay bridge we could finally pop open our cans of sponsor's malty beverage and toast ourselves on a job well done. Once we put the boat away we repaired to the SMYC bar, and I vaguely remember talking to several people and the bridge opening and closing several times - I am not very good at drinking during the daytime and by the time I was back aboard and could practice at what I am good at (drinking during the nighttime) I was sated and ended up making a light dinner in the galley and calling it a very early evening indeed.

Morning strategy discussions Morning strategy discussions
(2015-03-05 07:19:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/50s] ISO 200)
Morning strategy discussions
Volunteer's breakfast The volunteers were provided breakfast and coffee at our 7AM gathering.
(2015-03-05 07:20:17 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/60s] ISO 200)
Volunteer's breakfast
Heineken Regataa countdown clock The clock inexorably is ticking downward to 0.
(2015-03-05 07:23:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/10s] ISO 200)
Heineken Regataa countdown clock
Dr. Soc at the SMYC Dr. Soc from Island 92 at work in the early morning hours, reporting on newsworthy events in the Regatta.
(2015-03-05 07:23:33 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/40s] ISO 200)
Dr. Soc at the SMYC
Wiring up the horn system We needed to ensure that the battery wouldn't go walkabout in the rough waters outside the anchorage.
(2015-03-05 08:13:38 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Wiring up the horn system
The start/finish buoy aboard our boat We transported the start/finish mark aboard our boat and then transferred it to the pin boat once we were anchored in position.
(2015-03-05 08:14:09 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/80s] ISO 200)
The start/finish buoy aboard our boat
Dutch Marine assistance The Dutch ship sent over some volunteer Marines to assist with the marks.
(2015-03-05 08:47:50 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/400s] ISO 200)
Dutch Marine assistance
Break time Break time
(2015-03-05 08:47:53 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Break time
Skipper Mark at work Mark, our dauntless skipper, doing his work at moving the catamaran around.
(2015-03-05 08:47:57 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/100s] ISO 200)
Skipper Mark at work
Caffeine Break A well-deserved pick-me-up break aboard the committee boat between the starts and finishes.
(2015-03-05 08:48:03 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/200s] ISO 200)
Caffeine Break
Identifying the boats at the start Boats are ticked off the list as they are identified prior to the start.
(2015-03-05 09:51:28 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/60s] ISO 200)
Identifying the boats at the start
Rob checking the starts While Rob is speaking into his recorder, I am writing his remarks down on paper as well as any other noteworthy events.
(2015-03-05 09:57:37 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Rob checking the starts
Gill Commodore's Cup #338 Competitor 338 approaching the start line.
(2015-03-05 09:58:10 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/160s] ISO 200)
Gill Commodore's Cup #338
Changing the flags Changing the displayed race flags at the right time is an important task, made difficult by the gusty strong winds (over 30 knots at times) and the rocking boat.
(2015-03-05 09:58:39 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/80s] ISO 200)
Changing the flags
Flags set for the races We had two crew responsible for the class flags and the "P" flag.
(2015-03-05 09:58:42 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Flags set for the races
Rob and Arnd Rob, our race officer, doing the starts while my job was to be scribe that day.
(2015-03-05 10:02:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Rob and Arnd
Gill Commodore's Cup #294 Racer number 294 crosing the start line
(2015-03-05 10:08:27 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Gill Commodore's Cup #294
Checking the race starters Checking and ticking off the racers as they prepare to pass the start line.
(2015-03-05 10:11:26 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Checking the race starters
Gill Commodore's Cup #282 Number 282 starting
(2015-03-05 10:13:51 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Gill Commodore's Cup #282
Committe Boat crew takes a break Our crew taking a respite between the starts and the finishes.
(2015-03-05 11:37:02 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 200)
Committe Boat crew takes a break
Volvo Open 70 "Monster Project", a Volvo Open 70, practicing in strong winds in preparation for the races.
(2015-03-05 13:21:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Volvo Open 70 "Monster Project"
Monster Project approaching a mark Monster project approaching a weather mark in practice for their race on the morrow.
(2015-03-05 13:21:27 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/800s] ISO 200)
Monster Project approaching a mark
The judges, usually inebriated, judge the racing boat crews on originality, appearance and effort. These ladies scored very well indeed.
(2015-03-05 16:59:32 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 200)
"Something Hot" Show
Crew of The judges, usually inebriated, judge the racing boat crews on originality, appearance and effort. These ladies scored very well indeed.
(2015-03-05 16:59:39 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.3, 1/200s] ISO 200)
Crew of "Something Hot" putting on a show for the judges
Sea Owl about to enter the Lagoon The sleek bow of "Sea Owl" passing the bridge into Simpson Bay Lagoon
(2015-03-05 17:01:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Sea Owl about to enter the Lagoon
Sea Owl's crewmembers on bridge entry Usually all of the crew is lined up on the decks in their crew outfits and on their best behaviour when coming in through the bridge. These two were being egged on by the unruly crowd witnessing this opening.
(2015-03-05 17:01:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/30s] ISO 200)
Sea Owl's crewmembers on bridge entry
Sea Owl reflections The sunset is reflected in the polished stern of Sea Owl as she enters the Simpson Bay Lagoon on the 5PM bridge
(2015-03-05 17:02:29 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/200s] ISO 200)
Sea Owl reflections
 
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