Don't forget that Patronus is a cruising boat, with kids and all their stuff, and not a racing boat. Chris unloaded as much weight as he could by removing the anchor, paddle board, kayak, dinghy and motor. He was a little nervous about racing his 'house', as he put it. He wanted to make sure that his printer would't fall off the shelf and the kids bins of 'stuff' wouldn't go flying!!
Erica conducts a pre-race meeting explaining what to expect and answered all our questions
The laminated card with the many different race courses that could be used depending on the wind conditions. We'd have to wait and listen over the radio to find out which course our "fun" class would be racing.
The kids learning when and how to be 'rail meat' - switching sides each time we tacked to keep the boat level and fast.
The more serious race classes at work. It was exciting to watch the boats weaving in and out, dangerously close to each other.
Chris, expertly and precisely steering us to a win while Craig cranks the jib in
Our stiffest competitor
The race committee boat
One of the many markers we had to go around
Snack time between races
Flying the beautiful spinnaker as we race to the finish line
We won first place! 2 firsts and a second place on our first day of racing. Not too shabby for a bunch of rookie crew members.
The grown ups celebrating a great first day
DAY 2 (race week day 4 of 4):
The mean and serious pirates of Patronus. The kids wore their patches as we passed by our competition hoping to intimidate them (in a friendly, sportsman like way of course).
Group hug for Erica
Pretty in pink
Olivia practicing her racing skills
Photo taken by Tim Wright.
We were out raced on Day 4 and sailed back to the marina without a win. But we had a fun day despite the 2 - 3rd places and a 2nd place.
Awards Ceremony, Dinner and Live Band:
All dressed up and lookin' good
Great family shot
All the sponsors involved with Grenada Sailing Week
Sampling of the trophies given away
Group photo of all the kids from the "youngest crew" boats
Receiving the 1st place overall on Day 1
The whole Patronus gang
These are the 3 trophies that Patronus walked away with: 1st place win on day 1; 3rd place win overall in the 4 day event; and the youngest crew members. In fact, there were 3 boats with kids on board as crew and each one received a trophy.