The only requirement for the GBCA Women’s Regatta is that there must be a woman at the helm from the starting line to the finish line. Somehow this year I got volunteered for this honor, and I dared not refuse. On our race boat there is a tradition as well of the woman backing the boat out and returning it to her slip. “Dockline to dockline”
The Friday before I was greatly discouraged by the men-to-women ratio at the pre-race skippers meeting, and I encouraged all of my sailing girlfriends to come on out and show them how serious we were.
My friend Kayla from SV Folie a Deux joined us as well for her very first race.
We had a great mix of seasoned veterans and newbies out for the ride, and everyone really came together as a team. The veterans became teachers, and the other ladies were really focusing on learning their jobs.
Meanwhile our captain, Doug, was busy teaching me how to trim to the telltales. A big part of this that I missed was steering from a place where you can actually see them. That helps a lot.
Even harder to do while you’re constantly being distracted by ladies wanting pictures. 😛
Overall we did really well for a heavy boat in light wind, taking 4th.
I can’t wait for next year’s Women’s Regatta! Which of these lucky ladies will get to helm next?!!! 🙂
Big thank you for all the pictures Mike Cameron!