From the 15th to the 20th I have have been sailing in really heavy weather. The first two days were part of the Heavy Weather Clinic which prepared us for the last three days which was the Opti Heavy Weather Regatta. Both the clinic and the regatta were offered at the St. Francis Yacht Club.  The name, Heavy Weather, suits those five days perfectly.  At one point during the clinic, I was sailing around and got quite close to a having a T-bone (when a boat collision forms a T from a birds eye view) with a AC45.  On the last day of the regatta a little pin that held my rudder to the boat  broke off. When the pin broke I could not steer and would have been washed into the rocks if a coach from SFYC had not seen me and came to rescue me from being washed ashore. The damage was so great that I ended up being towed in and having to retire the rest of that day’s races.

Up to the left you can see the piece that broke off.  

Sailing with the AC45s was a lot of fun, I could go on and on and on about how awesome it was, but if I did you would die of boredom, so I will not. Here is a picture with me and one of them:

Here are some pictures of them sailing when I was sailing:

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When a sailor refers to the weather as heavy it means high winds and strong currents. On Sunday the wind was gusting up to 24 kt (kt= knots) online kts to mph converter.  For the clinic and the regatta the winds were very strong, there was a strong flood tide, and it was very wet.  Luckily, I did not get wet because I was wearing a dry suit. The function of a dry suit is very self explanatory, it keeps you dry.

Those five days were fun, but tiring.

Here are some pictures of me:

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