Last Saturday, Abilyn hit the start line with eleven other double-handed racing yachts in the 59th Annual Edlu Regatta. Although Abilyn had a decent downwind leg, we ultimately got caught in a squall with too much sail up that caused a bit of rig "damage", and forced us to withdraw from the race. Check out our recap edit (left) and photos (below).
Co-skipper Sam and I learned a lot from this race--mostly what we need to do going forward. We learned some valuable lessons about planning, communicating during maneuvers and in hairy situations (like a 40-knot squall), and the importance of REEFING EARLY!!!! As the saying goes--if you're thinking about reefing, it's already too late.
Today is an off-day for Abilyn Racing. While the Pogo 2 USA 806 and the proto USA 415 will be racing in the Indian Harbor YC Spring Sprint, I'll be taking care of some repairs, calibrating some electronics, and hopefully taking Abilyn out for a spin to get familiar with our new storm jib made by UK Sailmakers and practice some reefing. We'll be on the line again during for the Stamford YC Double Handed Regatta on May 31 and June 1.
See you out on the water.