This is the handicap chart for the IRC Division D… At the end of a 3 hour race, we have to be 6:10 ahead of the slowest boat. We give Tupelo about 2:30 to finish at the end of 3 hours…
The Great Vallejo Race aboard TakeOff
May 1, 2010 – Based on Julie’s request, Joan rounded up a pick up crew consisting of Trevor (Bowman), Caxton (mast), Julie (pit), Calvin & Keith (jib and spinnaker trim), and Shannon, Joan and I (alternating on main sheet and helm). We met at the Alameda Marina at 0900 sharp and loaded up her Laser 28 with coolers filled with her famous bloody mary’s and margarita and half a dozen bottles of wine and champagne. Add to this liquid cargo, and add the bags of food she had provisioned, you’d think we were provisioning for a trip to Hawaii, not Vallejo. We started the motor and headed out the Oakland estuary with bloody mary’s on one hand and spring rolls on the other for breakfast. We arrived at the starting area near the Berkeley circle about an hour before the race and hoisted the sails to get the crew settled and get used to the light wind conditions.