Stardate 11348.8

Captain's Log: Stardate 11348.8
Oh man, where do I begin? Last night's race was another epic EBYRA clusterfuck that I even had to file a request for redress to have the results for our division and the one after us tossed out.

Why, you ask? Was it because the Race Committee was too lazy to go into postponement and reset the line when the pin was favored by 45 degrees? Was it because the first mark was West and the winds were coming from the Southwest making our first leg a fetch -- yet again? Was it because EBYRA has a standing policy for over 20 years that no tacks on the first leg means abandonment and it's not published, even still after last week's debacle? Was it because the organization should change its name now to the EBYPA? (Eastchester Bay Yacht Parade Association)

It's all of the above.

If it wasn't for a few close calls with five other boats at the start and mark roundings, I could have taken a nap for the entire race and just let the autopilot drive. Straight course to first mark, straight course to the second mark...

Seriously, My crew was so bored, I began to worry if I had enough pillows and bedding on board.

And where are the reps? Let's see. One is sick, two are at Block Island this week, another only races in another state, another one prefers to race on a different night, and another one is absent, probably still crying over the loss of his J/24 -- probably the only good thing to come out of Superstorm Sandy last year.

And we shot a photon torpedo at another one last week (see the video from the previous log entry - it's going viral on YouTube!)

The most exciting part of the night was the pre-start rain shower (Note: If you ever want it to stop raining, have your entire crew put on foul weather gear) followed by a double rainbow:


Now I'm sure Spock (Um, I mean Kurt) would say, rainbows are caused by the reflection and refraction of sunlight through water droplets in the atmosphere. The water droplets act as individual refractors and reflectors that "split" (refract) the light into the respective colors of the rainbow. The refracted light is reflected off the back surface of the individual rain drops and to the observer.

But, personally, I think rainbows come from space, as clearly proven in this video:



Oh well, we'll see what happens with the request for redress (at the rate this group moves, we should know sometime in the year 2037), but, in the meantime, we'll look forward to next week's race, the day before America's birthday.