It was a rainy and dreary start to the day out here on Marth’s Vineyard. By 11:00, it became a blustery and rainy day. The racing started at 11:00 and I haven’t sailed in that much rain in a while.
Three races were held for the TP 52’s today. Phoenix won the day with 2 first places and a second. This brought us to within 1 point of Vesper for the overall win and 3 points clear of Spookie.
Today was our best day so far on Phoenix. We are making steady progress with our team at learning the boat. The TP 52’s have quite a few adjustments to the rig that need to be made before each start and it takes a while to get all the settings figured out. It takes event longer to learn how to cope with the settings when the wind conditions change mid race and you don’t have your optimum settings. The experience were are gaining by racing against Vesper and Spookie is preparing us for the racing we will do in the TP 52 Super Series next year. The Super Series currently has 12 TP 52’s racing together at 5 events a year, mostly in Europe.
Tomorrow will be a standalone event known as the Round the Island Race. The course is 57 miles long around the Martha’s Vineyard Island and its various shoals and sand spits. The first start will be at 08:00 for the smallest boats and the TP52’s will get under way at 08:53. The forecast isn’t that promising with 10 knots from the northeast at the start and weakening to 2-4 knots in the afternoon. So it could take a while!