Those of you playing along with the the home game version of the sporadic-but-still relevant Dock Six Chronicles may remember that I became a racer last season.
So, how did that turn out?
Better than it had any right to, in fact.
On paper, we didn't have a chance.
Cyclone is a beautiful boat. She is a great example of the state of C&C's art...
...40 years ago. She may be the oldest boat in our racing fleet.
Her sails are original. They are definitely the oldest sails in the fleet.
Charitably speaking, Cyclone is... experienced.
Her crew, on the other hand?
..... not so much. Some of us had at least a decade of experience under our belts, others had years, I had three months, three decades ago.
I was definitely the boat's greenhorn...and it often showed.
We also had the widest age spread of any crew in the fleet to add to our notable statistics. Five decades separated our high- school- freshman bowman from our most experienced retiree winch grinder.
If this was a Hollywood blockbuster, our season would be summarized in under 2 hours of running time including all of the expected cliches- a crew of oddballs and outcasts work past their initial wariness, bonding over beer, a montage, broken gear, crises of confidence, a crusty mentor, another montage, climaxing with winning one final race, backed by an orchestral score heavy on strings and timpanies, with a single wailing electric guitar.
Alas, this isn't "Seabiscuit." We didn't win it all.
But, we won enough.
At the wrap-up banquet, we got to find out how we finished the season, after all the protests were settled and the phrf calculating was done.
We finished pretty damn well.
2013 - MAYTHAM REGATTA
|Rank||Fleet||Boat||Type||Sail#||Owner||R||BAY RACE||PORT RACE 1||PORT RACE 2||PORT RACE 3||Total||Nett|
|1st||JAM||CYClone||C&C 35 MK1||11153||A.Elkin||139||1.00||2.00||2.00||5.00||5.00|
|2nd||JAM||West Wind||C&C 33-2||28069||L. West||154||2.00||3.00||1.00||6.00||6.00|
|3rd||JAM||Stargazer||C&C 27-2 M3||44150||G & C Overmars||205||3.00||1.00||3.00||7.00||7.00|
|4th||JAM||Shaibu IV||Nonsuch 30||2810||H. Jackson||162||7.00 DNC||4.00||4.00||15.00||15.00|
|5th||JAM||Flashdancer||Gorman Express 30||481||E. Skinner||153||5.00 DNF||6.00 DNF||7.00 DNC||18.00||18.00|
AUG 2013 - WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
|Rank||Fleet||Boat||Type||Sail#||Owner||R||AUG 7||AUG 14||AUG 21||AUG 28||Total||Nett|
|2nd||SPIN||CYClone||C&C 35 MK1||A.Elkin||129||3.50 CB||4.00||3.00||10.50||10.50|
|3rd||SPIN||Ritual||J-35||42922||J. Vallee||72||1.00||9.00 DNC||1.00||11.00||11.00|
|4th||SPIN||Amazing Grace IV||Beneteau 36.7||080||L. Grace||78||3.00||2.00||6.00||11.00||11.00|
|5th||SPIN||Caliedoscope||Cal 31||140||M. Thomas||162||4.00||3.00||4.00||11.00||11.00|
|6th||SPIN||Enigma||C&C 33-1||74207||J & J Parker||150||5.00||5.00||7.00||17.00||17.00|
|7th||SPIN||Menace||Hobie 33||53243||J. Morey||93||9.00 DNC||6.00||5.00||20.00||20.00|
|8th||SPIN||Special K||C&C 99||55||L. Kramer||108||9.00 DNC||9.00 DNC||10.00 DNC||28.00||28.00|
MONDAY NIGHT FALL SERIES
|Rank||Fleet||Boat||Type||Sail#||Owner||R||AUGUST 26||SEPTEMEBER 2||SEPTEMBER 9||SEPTEMBER 16||SEPTEMBER 23||SEPTEMBER 30||Total||Nett|
|1st||SPIN||CYClone||C&C 35 MK1||A.Elkin||129||(9.00 DNC)||1.00||1.00||2.00||1.00||14.00||5.00|
|3rd||SPIN||Goldfingers||C&C 29-1||44131||L & M Dowds||180||4.00||(5.00)||2.00||5.00||2.00||18.00||13.00|
|4th||SPIN||Special K||C&C 99||55||L. Kramer||108||(9.00 DNC)||2.00||7.00||3.00||3.00||24.00||15.00|
|5th||SPIN||Sequence||J-30||A & B Smith||144||3.00||6.00||4.00||(7.00)||4.50||24.50||17.50|
|6th||SPIN||Amazing Grace IV||Beneteau 36.7||080||L. Grace||78||5.00||3.00||(8.00)||8.00||7.00||31.00||23.00|
|7th||SPIN||Promise||CS 33 SD||3345||P. Murray||153||(9.00 DNC)||7.00||6.00||6.00||6.00||34.00||25.00|
|8th||SPIN||Eerie Witch||Goman Express 30||74207||R. Chivers||144||(9.00 DNC)||8.00||5.00||4.00||9.00||35.00||26.00|
|9th||SPIN||Unbridled||C&C 30||9307||E.Bilopavlovic||170||6.00||9.00||(11.00 DNC)||9.00||8.00||43.00||32.00|
|10th||SPIN||Shaibu IV||Nonsuch 30||2810||H. Jackson||174||2.00||(12.00 DNC)||11.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||49.00||37.00|
|11th||SPIN||Caliedoscope||Cal 31||140||M. Thomas||162||9.00 DNC||(12.00 DNC)||11.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||56.00||44.00|
|11th||SPIN||Menace||Hobie 33||53243||J. Morey||93||9.00 DNC||(12.00 DNC)||11.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||56.00||44.00|
|11th||SPIN||Legacy||J-35||32690||S. Hewson||72||9.00 DNC||(12.00 DNC)||11.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||56.00||44.00|
|11th||SPIN||Ritual||J-35||42922||J. Vallee||72||9.00 DNC||(12.00 DNC)||11.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||56.00||44.00|
|11th||SPIN||Enigma||C&C 33-1||74207||J & J Parker||150||9.00 DNC||(12.00 DNC)||11.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||56.00||44.00|
|11th||SPIN||Tapestry||Redwing 30||4055||N. Fraser & F. Smith||196||9.00 DNC||(12.00 DNC)||11.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||12.00 DNC||56.00||44.00|
In a fit of utter insanity, skipper Andy invited me back this season.
I'll be there.
"Talk the Dock!"