Just a quick update, fill y'all in on what's happening....
We're almost all set up for this weekend's regatta, the National Offshore One Design Regatta, sponsored by Sailing World Magazine.
Chicago is the only regatta of this series that has a PHRF, or handicap section. We'll be sailing in PHRF 4. This puts as as nearly the fastest or the fastest boat in the section, which gives us an unbelievable advantage-- we can probably sail clear of anyone and get clear air, and that gives us the best chance to sail fast.
It also means that if anyone finished ahead of us, they definitely have beaten us for that race.
So, it is all up to us!
Having said that, your 2011 NOOD Regatta team is:
Sabu the Water Boy (Dave Gillespie)
We're full up every day.
Our competitors in PHRF 4 will be:
Blue Heaven -- Pearson 39 -- 96
Whisper -- Express 34 -- 96
True North -- J27 -- 126
Measure for Measure -- Morgan 36 -- 93
They have not published the handicaps for the boats, although we do know some of them from many many years of sailing. We should have quite the advantage, I hope. Now we just have to exploit it. I've added the handicap of the boats that we know.... when you consider that we rate a "72," we're already at least 20 seconds/mile faster than half the boats in our section.
Watch the blog, it'll be updated more with race results, etc....