Today marked Day 3 of the Antigua Sailing Week and the conditions were excellent for a hard day of racing with somewhat big swells and strong trade winds. Just as on the previous day, we did 2 races for all the classes except the club class (who had requested only one race a day) and we could see that the competitors were getting more aggressive before and during the starting sequences. We had one rear-end collision on the start line and since I'd made the mistake of catching a picture shortly after the collision I ended up getting pulled into the protest room after the races to show the picture and then ended up having to give testimony regarding what I'd seen during the event; as I was also helping Steve sight the start line and had a front row position.
Apart from some shouting and gesticulation at the start and several boats retiring from the races due to various reasons (equipment failure, for the most part) it went quite well from our perspective and judging from the cheers and waves on the finish lines it would seem that the racers had a good day as well.
The big party of the night was “Reggae in the Park” with Damian Marley but I wasn't able to stay awake long enough to see/hear him as his act didn't get on stage until midnight.


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Getting out of the shade before the starts There is little shade on the deck during the starts, so whenever possible we ducked below to get out of the sun and wind
(2017-05-02 13:46:14 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/1250s] ISO 100)
Getting out of the shade before the starts
Pam noting boats at the start Pam's method of using a plastic baggie to protect the sheets from a light rain and strong winds worked quite well
(2017-05-02 09:40:46 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Pam noting boats at the start
Countdown to starts Angela is counting down the seconds while Linda checks out the start line
(2017-05-02 09:49:40 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Countdown to starts
Course Boards being prepared Our Course Boards were shored up a bit with duct tape to make sure that the class names didn't blow away in the wind and rain
(2017-05-02 09:13:44 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Course Boards being prepared
Calling the finishes A boat about to cross the finish line at the pin end.
(2017-05-02 11:03:10 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Calling the finishes
Post-Race discussions After a long day on the water we enjoyed cold drinks once we'd docked.
(2017-05-02 16:11:47 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Post-Race discussions
Finish line flag The finish line is between a yellow buoy and this blue flag
(2017-05-02 14:42:54 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Finish line flag
Flags during the start The class flags and "P" flags are important work during the start sequence, as they take priority over sound signals (which I was doing) and the radio
(2017-05-02 10:34:31 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/1250s] ISO 100)
Flags during the start
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