The TP 52 fleet is back in action, this time in Cartegena, Spain. It is very hot here with temperatures right around 100F and with no wind until 1430 today, it was all about boom tents prior to the official practice race.

We had the standard two practice starts followed by a race in 7-9 knots from the Southwest.

Onboard Artemis, we had a very good start, good speed and led the race at every mark and across the finishline. There was a huge current factor on the course, similar to racing in San Francisco in a flood tide.

Tomorrow the real racing begins and the forecast is for more lights winds with plenty of heat. The days will be long if we race the customary three races in these conditions. I am thinking about a bigger hat. Weighing that against the windage that it would cause.

We invited a group of local Opti kids, who had been out watching the race, onboard for the ride in. We did this last year one day and a couple of the kids were the same. It was fun to see them again.

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Paul