I'm making another run at this race. But this time it's different. Longtime readers of this blog may realize I always talk about this race, prepare for it, enter it, and ultimately never finish the darned thing. This time, I'm crossing that finish line no matter what.
The problem is it's a long race in the middle of the winter. We sometimes don't get any wind out here in the winter and 26 miles with no wind and our crazy currents can cause problems.
I like to believe that I have the patience to wait out a very slow, long day on the water but I have just never been able to subject my crew to it. I usually sail with friends who like sailing but it isn't a passion for them. This time I'm bringing along someone who loves to sail as much as I do. And he's a much much much better sailor than I am.
Remember this guy?
Last you saw him, we were pulling into Kaneohe together and I couldn't stop marveling at what an incredible sailor he is. Quite possibly the best sailor I've ever met. He could make the boat go fast, had ingenious ideas for rigging, and could fillet a fish faster than lightning. And, holy crap, could he steer a boat in heavy wind and big seas.
I am lucky to have him sailing with me but it does put some pressure on me. We're going spinnaker so I have to finish rigging my boat for the kite. If it turns out that it's me without the patience to go slowly for 10 hours, I'll have to just suck it up and do everything possible to finish the race (remember this is a guy who didn't sleep for 48 hours in '04 to ensure that he won the SHTP!).
No matter what, it will be different this year and as usual, I am very very excited about this race! Go 3BF!