Wow! That was a blast! I know I will wake up tomorrow sad. No need to slip into the trapeze harness. Bummer.
We had a great last day…up at the front all day, finished 6th but just 6 seconds from 4th.
SF turned it back on for the final day so everyone will be left with the right memories…big breeze and rippin fun.
Mike Martin and Jeff Nelson walked away with the race and the event. Mike Holt and Carl Schmidt gave it there all and made it a good race finishing fourth today and second overall. My friend and crew mate from the 2002 Volvo Ocean Race, Chris Nicholson and his crew Casey Smith were third. My hat is off to these guys and really all the competitors. The 505 is a challenging boat, but it is extra challenging in San Francisco.
I am so happy Howie asked me to do this. I feel like I am 20 again. Being a pro sailor drives you away from these really cool boats that we used to sail as kids. These are the boats that taught us how to sail, how to have the sensitivity to make any boat go fast. Now I will look for other opportunities to sail in the 505, maybe the Worlds at Hamilton Island in 2011 with my son Danny at the helm. That is the beauty of this, more open doors.
That’s it for now. Rolex Big Boat Series September 10th will be next.
For complete results go to www.505sapworldchampionship2009.com