2015 Cow Bay Regatta Report by Vince DePillis

posted Nov 16, 2015, 8:13 AM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Nov 16, 2015, 8:13 AM ]

I'm still buzzed from a great 5 day weekend. We did win the multihull division, but only because the fast guys broke. Dragonfly capsized, Ali Kai broker her rudder.  Not sure what happened to Blue lightning on the second day.  He crushed it in the heavy air on day one, flying full jib and main, while we were on one reef and the solent. Seeing him running north in 30 knots of wind in Rosario is a sight that I will not soon forget—a fall of spray.

It is amazing how forgiving the F31 is.  You stuff it and it pops up and keeps going.  But I still don’t like the feeling, so we go slow in the heavy air.

The second day was very light at the start and at the finish, but we did manage to cross the line an hour and a half or so before the cutoff.  It was nerve wracking, trying to catch a puff here or there, from all different directions--  all the while haunted by the experience two years ago, when we spent hours sailing in one spot, within sight of the finish, as the clock ran out.

The sail home on Monday was glorious.  We left Anacortes at about 9 AM, put up the spinnaker outside Guemes Channel, never took it down, and tied up at 3:24PM.    Not a single rain drop!