5speed had an AWESOME day. Weather turned out to be perfect, blowing steady 8-10, we saw gusts later in the day around 12. Linda came back early from Sarasota to helm and did a spectacular job, we had Lenee and Allison in the cockpit ~ boy could those girls grind! Laurie and Deb were middle, Laurie is getting really good at keeping all the lines straight and taking direction from 4 people at the same time. Deb was scampering all over the boat to get where she was needed, taking down the gibe ~ hauling in the kite, she could do it all! The Cherolyn crew was on the front gybing and jumping.
Boy Toy Tommy was looking good (alas not in chaps) and flaunting his manliness to any passing boats loaded with men that he is sporting the 'Tommy girls'.
We had two lead changes in the first race and were closing in again as we crossed the line to finish about a boat length behind. We had a great downwind run, gybing the kite 3 times, giving us a great shot in the arm of confidence with that maneuver.
We only had one lead change in the second race (us passing Mouse) and we held onto that to the finish. Lots of jumping and cheering and chanting "go Linda, go Linda."