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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

January 27, 2009-Phang Nga Bay Day 1

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Day One

Today was the first day of Phang Nga Bay Regatta 2009. We placed third.

So how was the race?

Well, nice wind at the start. We had a safe start in the middle of the fleet (being worried about the tide taking us over the line made us too conservative) then we sailed very well for the first half of the race and we were winning on handicap at the second mark before the wheels came off.

The wind died at the half way point and the first two boats, both faster than us, were far enough out to keep the wind a little longer. They finished and saved their time. We had a frustrating race for an hour or so in the hot hot sun and no wind. It was brutal for a while. When the wind filled in we had a great sail to the finish with the new 1A kite and we got a third place.

We hope tomorrow is a bit better and a little more wind would help but the forcast is for lighter wind.

Oh well.

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Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Phang Nga Bay

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