Date: June 16, 2003
Course: Comox to Campbell River
Well what can
today was certainly a challenging day! We started off
from our accommodations at Jaspers at 6am. We had to be at the boat
by 7am and we really needed to make a stop, Tim Horton's extra large
coffee was on my list!
We arrived a
little late at the Cheekee Monkee and we had to put it in overdrive.
The start line was positioned where we had finished the day before
and we were in a hurry to make it in time.
Monkee pulled up to the start line 22 minutes before our start,
before we knew it, Kim had positioned us at the starboard end of
the line. 2 minutes then the one minute horn sounded. The winds
were light and there was a small channel of wind which had formed
from the Starboard end stretching to the point which we were to
round up and head north to Campbell River.
The horn sounded
and we were the highest boat to the wind. We were flying our screecher
and we quickly hoisted our jib, we were double slotted and began
to pull away from the fleet. Sauterelle was the closest boat to
us with bad Kitty running their Spinnaker and Redshift on the pin
end sticking close to the shore.
We were sailing
directly into a hole (little or no wind) and Kim sailed steadily
through it coming out the other side the winds building to in excess
of 7 knots. We sheeted in, dropped the Jib and headed North with
just our Screecher and Main with boat speed of 7 knots well on our
way to Campbell River with a great view of the fleet from our stern.
We were undecided
which side of the course to take, we decided to cover Redshift.
It was difficult to see them however we pulled out our super de
duper de, 600x high powered telescope and spotted them heading to
the right side of the course.
It was exhilarating
to view the entire fleet from our stern I heard the Cheekee Monkee
say "are you looking at my bum? You Cheekee Monkee you!"
We were amidst
oscillating winds with a positive current push of +1, when the wind
shut off there was no wind, none, nadda, zip, zero. I had flashbacks
of the infamous Driftsures of past.
We fought very
hard to maintain forward momentum and with Kim at the helm, we were
making very good forward progression. Kim could feel the shift in
the boat and the Cheekee Monkee was so responsive to the current
& wind condition, it seemed like the brakes were applied when
we were on an incorrect tack.
Many hours after
I had promised the Manitoba Prairie winds to come ripping over the
mountains, they began to show. The winds, if only for a short while
appeared, then shut off again, I wondered if we were going to make
the 4pm cut off time.
7 Miles from
the finish the winds slowly began to build, "1 knot" Joe
yells! 10 minutes later "2.4 knots" we caught a new wind
channel and brought our boat speed up to over 5.5 knots.
The finish line
was nearing and I radioed to the race committee that we were going
to finish with in an hour. We did! When we were 1 mile out we were
met by the Canadian Coast Guard who escorted us the rest of the
way through the finish line, they were cheering, horn blazing with
their water canon spraying high into the air. There were two jet
fighters that flew past 5 minutes prior to our finish, it was an
awesome site! It was just too bad there was only the race committee
to share it with.
was an excellent finish however the race committee didn't have a
horn so we received a mere whistle! We circled back and dropped
a horn for them to blow for any competitors who finish. They said
they were going to give us a pitcher (we never saw the pitcher &
the support crew were disappointed) we also got called the "Stinky
Monkee!" unbelievable! I did have Chili for lunch & yes
all the competitors were down wind from us & yes, they were
looking at our bum so
what can I say?
It was a great
day, we didn't take any digital pictures today, out camera was kinda
soaked and the buttons were not working quite right from our race
on Saturday. I guess with sheets of saltwater coming over the cabin
and soaking the camera, what could one expect.
Kim now has a new digital camera and the pictures will be posted
from our remaining legs.
We are heading
out at 7am for the start line. The race begins in Deep Water Bay
and we have to motor quite far to start. Tomorrow night we will
be moored at the fish farm and will not have access to much. We
are staying on our boats and definitely will not have access to
email. We will be sure to send 2 updates Wed night for our next
Monkeeing Around Vancouver Island!