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Sailboat Racing Season Begins!

Just got home from our first yacht-racing practice of the season.  So much fun – and a bunch of hard work.  I trained on the foredeck tonight – lot of pulling of halyards and sheets and running around and packing sails and putting them up and down. 

Racing the Valkyrie, Steve Daley, John Moore in the cockpit

Racing the Valkyrie in Chicago, Steve Daley, Jon Martin in the cockpit

Great to be out with all my good friends – been racing with them for 4 or 5 years now – can’t help but form some solid relationships with them.  And being in some crazy situations helps forge the bonds stronger.  By nature of what we’re doing it attracts folks in a simlar mindset, looking for adventure and excitement and challenge.  Gets pretty friggin’ hairy out on the water some days, with high winds, storms, everything, we just sail righ through them, trying to go faster than the next guy.  Which means necessarily having more sail up than the next guy and taking bigger risks.  Nutty. 

And so 2008 begins!  With a post-sail 20-oz beer shotgun.  Like the grownups that we are.

Racing the Valkyrie J120, Tom Trimmer, Mike Lovatt and Jon Martin.

Racing the Valkyrie J120, Tom Trimmer, Mike Lovatt and Jon Martin.

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