Friday, May 13, 2016

What Happens When the Race Goes "Long"?

Frustration! Light air can be a real challenge - emotionally, physically, and even spiritually deflating at times.

You planned for one to two days, maybe two and a half, but now you're looking at a third full day on the water... What to do?

Batteries, food, water, patience, clean underwear... all potentially running low... You didn't really expect to be out here THAT long.

Well, to clarify, the race time limit does not expire until 10 am Sunday, May 15th. That gives the fleet a full 75 hours to finish the course.

That being said, we're now almost 34 hours into the race with much of the fleet still positioned south of the midpoint in the course. The decision to continue or to retire is a tough call for skippers and crew alike, and one each individual boat must assess on their own. Lots of preparation and planning go into competing in an event like this, and each individual owner, skipper, and crew know what is best for them.

Some diehards "never quit," while others are maybe a little more pragmatic, seeing the need to balance work/family/school commitments with weekend international yacht racing!

Whatever the case, there is still more than a full 41 hours left before the time limit expires and we expect that most - if not all - competitors will stay out on the course in hopes of more breeze. There is really nothing worse than firing up the engine and having the wind build suddenly... It happens!

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST FOR WASHINGTON
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
259 PM PDT FRI MAY 13 2016

INLAND WATERS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON AND THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL
WASHINGTON COASTAL WATERS INCLUDING THE OLYMPIC COAST NATIONAL
MARINE SANCTUARY

SYNOPSIS FOR THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL WASHINGTON COASTAL AND INLAND WATERS...ONSHORE FLOW WILL RETURN TONIGHT AND INCREASE THROUGH SAT...WITH GALE WESTERLIES POSSIBLE IN THE STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA SATURDAY EVENING.

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