Monday, September 29, 2014

CYC Fall Regatta

Besides sweeping all the moss off our roof and clearing the gutters before the winter rains start we spent our weekend aboard Joe Hoffman's Elixir competing in the CYC Fall Regatta.  After two days of fantastic racing with fair NW breeze we came in solid second.

With one exception in which we didn't notice the committee had begin a start sequence for our fleet until about a minute before the start Elixir took line honors in every race.  However, due to handicap corrections based on PHRF-NW we were pushed back to second behind Knuckle Buster to whom we owe a bit over 30 seconds per mile.

At one point we had Knuckle Buster come up to our windward side when we wanted to sail higher.  They denied our call for room to head up forcing us to stay down and go around the pin end of the finish line towards the mark rather than allowing us to sail hotter around the boat end.  Both boats declared protest, we'll have to see what comes of that but I suspect it'll be forgotten with time rather than ever get in front of a committee.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ready, set, go...

Here is the first post of what I hope will be somewhat short notes of what we've been up to.  We are Tara and Nat, a married couple in our mid-30's preparing to move onto a boat and sail around the world.

Our home port is Portland, OR where, since Feb 2011, we've been building our experience on the water using the boats of Island Sailing Club.  Nat learned to sail early and has owned a Hobie 16 since 1999, but didn't really understand how to properly sail until taking classes from the club with Tara.  Until sailing on the Hobie 16 after she met Nat around 2009, Tara had never sailed and held little experience on boats.  We have both since completed American Sailing Association certifications 101 through 106.

For over a year we'd been putting several hours daily into remodeling an old house Nat had when we got married.  It was completed in July and quickly sold finally closing in August.  Now we are looking for a blue water live-aboard sailboat to buy with the proceeds from that project.

Let's leave it there for now, more to come soon (hopefully)...