Today we needed to make 2 races for each class work, which isn't all that easy with 75 competitors and 10 classes that are finishing at the same time as others are starting, but it was accomplished with a minimum of problems and few boats were OCS'd (on-course-side of the start line before the race starts), although there was some confusion on the finish line with boats sailing through it to see the course board and while in start sequence.
After the races and after our post-racing happy hour we received a visit from the crew of “Painkiller III” who presented the committee boat with 3 bottles of sparkling wine! This was thankfully accepted and put in the cooler so that we'd have something to celebrate at tomorrow awards ceremony.
The evening saw us invited to Clarence House and I almost made it there. The event was “Casual Elegant” which meant I had to use the best of my attire on board - a nice and clean Polo Shirt, black jeans and closed shoes from which I'd scraped most of the mud off that had accrued while hiking. I showered, shaved and made myself presentable and went ashore to find that the vaunted shuttle service was absent; after waiting a while I had to return to the boat as I'd brought no money, just my invitation to the party. Once back aboard Zanshin and armed with my wallet I realized how little energy and motivation I had left and opted to miss this event after all.

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Race 6 course boards The courses are announced on the radio several times and are displayed on these whiteboards so that all competitors may see them
(2017-05-04 09:13:47 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/30s] ISO 100)
Race 6 course boards
Neck in Neck A very close race to see who reaches the start line first (without going over before the announcement)
(2017-05-04 10:27:26 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Neck in Neck
Racers coming up to the start line The committee boat was favored for this race and the competitors all came by quite close
(2017-05-04 10:13:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Racers coming up to the start line
Coming downwind to finish While it is nice sight to see spinakkers and sails when boats finish downwind, it can be difficult to identify the yachts
(2017-05-04 13:51:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.8, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Coming downwind to finish
Taping the finishes Irene uses a tape recorder in addition to having the scribes write down the finish order and the times.
(2017-05-04 14:56:23 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/2500s] ISO 100)
Taping the finishes
Finish teams working The finish team is timing the finishing classes while the rest of us are working to get classes started on the other side of the boat
(2017-05-04 14:13:33 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Finish teams working
Flags displayed Individual recall and other flags are displayed after one (or more) racers were seen over the line before the race started. They need to return and start again
(2017-05-04 11:55:09 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/13.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Flags displayed
Collision between bareboats Some shouting preceded this collision where Bow 48 hit another boat during the run in to the start line.
(2017-05-04 10:12:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Collision between bareboats
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