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FALL SAILING REGATTA

September 23rd, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Yesterday as we approached the north coast of Otok Dugi, where we planned to anchor for the night we came upon a fall sailing regatta.  We saw spinnakers on the horizon and more sailboats in one place than we have seen since arriving in Croatia.

Spinnakers on the Horizon

Spinnakers on the Horizon

Kent sees a race

Kent sees a race

The wind was very light—under 5 kts. and Kent couldn’t resist setting the gennaker so he could “sail” through the racing fleet.

I Can Do That!

I Can Do That!

Love that Gennaker

Love that Gennaker

There were two classes of boats, the “big guys” appeared to be in the 40-45 ft. range and were primarily charter boats.  We surmised that the charter company may have sponsored the regatta.  For a while they held their own with spinnakers flying, but one by one the spinnakers came down as the wind died even further. 

I think we've got it

I think we've got it

Oops, maybe not

Oops, maybe not

Dead (0 kt.) Heat

Dead (0 kt.) Heat

The “small boat” class appeared to be 30-35 ft. and they did pretty well, although their course provided a little more air.

Now this is light air sailing

Now this is light air sailing

Some boats, just seemed to be drifting around—but then they were “racing”.

The Course is the Other Way

The Course is the Other Way

Our gennaker came down long before the last of the spinnakers, but it was great fun watching.  Kent says anyone can sail in moderate wind—he tips his hat to these hearty souls who were willing to keep trying to move their boats in no wind at all.

Where's the Wind

Where's the Wind

Who wants to sail anyway

Who wants to sail anyway

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