Campbell's Sloop enters
BCYC's "RACE AROUND THE ISLANDS"
June 10, 11 & 12, 2011
1st Mate: EJ Wallace
Captain: Susie Campbell
RACE RESULTS: 1st Place in Class A !!!
As we started sailing along the backside I asked Brain, who was Blakes friend, if he had any experience at the helm with a spinnaker. He said no but that he had taken Diane Wetzels class when he was a little boy and had set a record for capsizing his boat. I knew then that he was my man for taking the helm down the backside. I handed him the wheel and talked to him about how important it was to keep her on a broad reach if we wanted to make the east end. Then we talked about how we did not want to jibe the boat either. EJ started telling everyone about what happens when you jibe in this kind of wind with a spinnaker. If you could have seen their faces as we explained all the scenarios you would have died!
After about an hour of being near Brain at
the helm, he developed a rhythm with the sea and wind that blew me away. I
was so impressed with his ability to sense the swells approach and to ride
When we got to the East side of the island we hit the lee of the island and our boat speed went from 7-10 knots to 0 instantly. We spent hours trying to work our way out of the wind shadow. Finally we got to the place where we started getting our West-south west winds. It was a close reach to the finish line and we were flying at about 5-6 knots across the San Pedro channel until about 3 miles from the finish. The last 3 miles we went about 1 MPH. The little daisy came in real handy that last 3 miles. When we crossed the finish we thought without a doubt we must be the last boat to finish because the person on the committee boat yelled, "Great job for hanging in there!"
It was 2:30 am when we got to the BCYC.
Everyone went home except for Maddy and EJ (the 2 sea scouts) and myself.
They lived up to the "Where we go one, we go all" philosophy that Skip Wehan
has always modeled in his program. Sunday morning, I walked into the club
looking for a much needed cup of coffee. I was thanking the gentlemen from
the committee boat for hanging in there and waiting for us. I said,
"So.....we came in last, right?" He said....."You're from Campbell's Sloop?"
I said, yes. He said, "No, you came in 'FIRST in your class'. I just about
fell over and had a heart attack!! I ran down the ramp toward the boat
yelling MADDY...EJ.....we got a 1st place in our CLASS! We all started
jumping and screaming and calling our team mates but none of them could
believe it! Finally we convinced them it was true and that they better get
here early to celebrate with us. They came with their girlfriends,
boyfriends, parents and husbands. I told them that moments like this and
moments like what we experienced in the race don't come very often.
Sometimes we don't realize when we're in those moments that they may very
well be the most precious moments of our life. This was surly one of those
moments for me."
The Campsbell's Sloop Team takes 1st in Class A. A happy skipper indeed.
Only 12 hours to go, Kathy!
EJ's happy with his pole adjustment.
A spinnaker that needs packing.
|Sunset off the
west end of Catalina.
Susie and EJ
Enjoying some music as we sail away.
The north end of Santa Barbara Isand.
Brian takes a break down in his man cave.
The Tea Pot singers keep us going through the night!
Blake takes a break. Maddy trims for SPEED!
"Will we make the east end without having
Maddy Stark enjoying the ride.
Theresa Fry tells us which way to go. Blake trims the spinnaker.