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Permalink 02:12:30 pm, Categories: Race Updates, 45 words   English (US)

WhimSea takes Second in her Class

The official results are in (and linked to the title). WhimSea took second in the PHRF Racing B class. This is a great accomplishment for the team as they beat out two boats who bested them in the last race, Felucca and Straight Jacket. Congratulations.


Permalink 02:10:29 pm, Categories: Race Updates, 71 words   English (US)

WhimSea crosses the finish line!

at 2:20 in the morning on Wed. WhimSea crossed the finish line after a grueling end to the race. It felt to those on shore as if they would never reach the end as the boat and the boys drifted around with no air between Two Harbors and Duluth. They finally caught some wind and were able to cross the finish line at 2:20 in the morning.

Congratulations, well done WhimSea and crew!


Permalink 02:23:14 pm, Categories: Race Updates, 378 words   English (US)

And the race begins

Saturday morning and we helped the boys finish their offloading and preparation for the race. It is very difficult to describe the anticipation and excitement in them. The whole crew was practically vibrating with it.

Around 8:30 they pulled away from the dock and headed to the locks on the Canadian side. The plan was to drive out there and get some pictures of them locking through, so Deb, Kathy and I jumped in the WhimSea mobile and headed that way.

When we arrived at the lock, we found it full of other racers and WhimSea standing off and on behind the locks. There was someone up the mast (which we think was Matt) and crewmembers running from side to side on the boat to get her rocking and give Matt a good ride.

Since the lock was full, they turned around and motored away (wanting to burn away some diesel full weight too. It looked to us girls like they were heading out to the US locks and since we were going to be watching from Gros Cap, we were in a dilemma. We wouldn't be able to get pictures of them in the US locks and get back for check out time and to see them off at Gros Cap.

What we didn't know at the time (which is a real bummer) is that they were just driving around to burn off fuel and planned to return to the locks on the Canadian side once it was open. It was really unfortunate as we missed out opportunity to see them one last time and get some good pictures.

We packed up from the hotel and headed to Gros Cap for some pictures and to see the race start. At Gros Cap we were joined by lots of other race watchers as well as some locals. Many read an article in the Sault Star about the race start and came down to see it. Among those who came to see us were the folks from Reggie's Bar that the team befriended in 2007. They remembered the crew and wanted to see them off and wish them luck. How cool is that!

After we saw the start of the race, we headed back west for our long drive home.


Permalink 02:06:34 pm, Categories: Race Updates, 80 words   English (US)

We joined the guys at the Sault

Very early on Friday morning, Deb, Kathy and I headed towards Sault Ste Marie. It was a pretty drive out there, though a bit long. We broke up some of the monotony by stopping at a couple of garage sales and antique stores along the way.

We made it to Sault in the early afternoon, visited with the guys and helped with more offloading of weight and had a great dinner with them before heading in for the night.



Permalink 01:58:06 pm, Categories: Race Updates, 47 words   English (US)

Thursday Arrived in Sault Ste Marie

They guys arrived at the Sault on Thursday after a long run from Thunder Bay. They set their sails and basically left them for the entire trip. Unbelievable! It sounds like everyone got some excellent time at the helm and really enjoyed the crossing.

More later,

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