Post 7: the finish. We short tacked the shore for all we were worth. The crew worked their asses off doing on point tacks 👌, hiking hard to leeward in between and willing the wind to cooperate... but the wind died again with just 3.3 miles to go and only an hour left before the race deadline. Our average boat speed of the @roundsaltspring race thus far had been about 2 knots. These numbers would cause despair in the hearts of most, but our crew flatly refused to accept defeat. We waited out another dead calm phase and when the wind filled in from our beam we were ready for it. Our entire crew had only learned to fly a spinnaker within the last month (in our #spinnakerschool) So to get to hoist the kite and trim our hearts out on a final push to that finish line was pretty epic for everyone on board. Listening to a torrent of retirements being radioed in, watching boats behind us turn on their motors and zoom past us to breakfast on shore (thanks to Molly for snapping a pic on the way by!), and having some competitors motoring past telling us just how little time we had left... all had the opposite effect from what you’d think. This crew gritted their teeth and unknowingly embodied one of my favourite sayings: DON’T TELL ME WHAT I CAN’T DO. The wind slowly increased, #Paragon got her groove back, and the next thing we knew we were hauling into Ganges harbour, reeling in the two boats in front of us and even passing one right at the bitter end. That finishing whistle has never sounded so sweet! We finished second to last (avoiding the Tar & Feathers trophy by the skin of our teeth!!) but that gave us 6th in our division of 14 and put us amongst the 37% of boats that managed to finish at all. An epic finish to the toughest light air sailing you can imagine!
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