Thank you for having me come down and join the Newport Bermuda Race crew for the SMX Regatta. They are a great group of guys and as always it is fun to sail with you and Pam.
I am very happy to have been aboard to observe first hand how well all of the major 2011 updates that I was involved with from stem to stern performed in the rougher condition than we had last fall in Newport.
The new engine performed very well, even in a seaway, and sure makes the boat easier to use….
It was especially gratifying to watch the new rig as we slammed into waves…..to work the winches on the boom reefing…and to watch you and Jimmy work the Halyard winches.
I am sure glad we fit larger Primary winches in the cockpit and Utility winches on the Cabintop. We never would have been able to trim the Jibs with the old primaries and the new utility winches are much better suited to trimming the new A-sail.
I look forward to the Antigua Classic Regatta.
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San Diego, CA 92106