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Archive for May, 2009

First day again

Alec already gave the lowdown on day 1, but I’ll add a few things. The first is what is going through everybody’s minds before you shove off. Inside there’s a lot of thoughts being processed, from the “did we miss something” to “this is so cool” to “holy crap, what am I doing?” You feel […]

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Getting there, part 4…

In addition to getting the boat in shape, the sailors need to be in shape too. To that end, Alec spent time in the gym every day (credit Complete Fitness Concepts) doing a variety of workouts with an emphasis on cardio. For my part, I hit the elliptical machine almost daily combined with some free […]

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Yum, Rum!

In the pictures you may have seen it – the team enjoying(?) a refreshing ration of rum upon finishing a leg. We found, of all things, Pirates of the Chesapeake rum! The bottle made the trip with us, and starting with the first finish at Hollywood beach, we shared a ration with the goal of […]

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Getting There, Part 3

Getting there, and getting back. And getting around during. We start out by driving down to Islamorada. Then we go sailing while the ground crew follows us by road. Then, we drive home from Tybee. So, for just one van (mine, 2000 Astro), here’s the numbers (from the trip computer) for getting there from Annapolis […]

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Recap!

It’s hard to believe that I’m back in Maryland, looking at a van full of wet stuff and a boat on a trailer that needs to go back to West River Sailing Club. After a whirlwind week of activity, action, and people, there’s a profound sense of withdrawal that I suspect will last awhile. It’s […]

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Awards party

Alec and Keith did well and finished somewhere in the middle of the pack. We aren’t certain of the final numbers, so we’ll post them later. Now for the drive home!

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Pirates finish!!!

Our guys landed on the beach around 6pm. I don’t have an official time – it was just too busy. They are still tearing down the boat, but here’s a picture from earlier. Race committee is still waiting for the boat that broke the mast.

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Two boats still out

21 boats are in and we are waiting for the Pirates and an f18 team with a broken mast. My best guess is that Alec’s hands were just too torn up to use the spinnaker and that they’ve been sailing without it. It’s been a nerve wracking hour, but we can barely make them out […]

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Adam, Our Honorary Pirate

I forgot to mention Adam’s hard work last night when I posted our status this morning.  Just to give you a bit of background, we on the ground crew are beat also.  Hauling gear, eating on the road, running and fetching, taking care of our sailors, and taking care of our own business as well […]

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Alec and Keith make it out

The last 12 hours were the most grueling of the whole race, as Alec went from questioning whether he could go out the next day after they came in last night to resigning himself to going out around 2am this morning.  Keith is mentally worn out as well.  Neither can imagine what the sailors from […]

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