Chip and George were loaned the Storer's SS for the Association race. Charlie and Molly took the Dalmasse's "Perseides". It was kinda windy for old gals built over 50 years ago.<br/> Checking out the line before the start. Why do they ALWAYS make it so boat favored here? Molly picks the favored side of the course. They check out where is Chip and George. Then they perform the most important strategy in SS sailing. Bail! ... and bail some more. Chip and George get ready for the start. They bail. Molly gets ready for the start. She bails. ... and bails some more. Molly does some last minute bailing as the boats approach the starting line. Is there some irresistable genetic marker that forces Cliftons to start in the same place? Molly scouts out boats on the lee bow while Charlie looks for attackers astern. Apmans luff Chip & George but they are early and will have to run down the line before the start. Early boats are forced to run down the line. It's a drag race to the left side. Can they squeeze over Chip? Just a little bit more... Pretty close to the layline,Charlie and Molly tack with 135 to lead the fleet to the mark.<br/> A big lefty comes in off the north shore and suddenly everyone is overstood. Molly is hiking hard to get to the mark before Chip but waves over the bow are taking their toll. Rob Dudley tries to break overlap on 153 while Chip and George squeeze off Bob Murray. Some hard hiking and Perseides squirts out front. Dudley is not looking bad. The boats converge on the mark. Molly works hard to keep the boat flat. Flat is fast._ Finally ! Perseides cerw tries to tack without getting strangled in the boom and sheet. George tries to look under the jib for Dudley. Pretty good for the first beat. Only half sunk. Chip gets ready to lee bow Dudley. Nobody knows why they lead the mainsheet up from the traveller instead of along the boom. Maybe to enhance the challenge. More bailing. Close rounding. Off on the reach. IMG_3850 IMG_3852 IMG_3853 IMG_3854 IMG_3855 IMG_3857 IMG_3858 IMG_3860 IMG_3864 IMG_3867 IMG_3871 IMG_3873 IMG_3876 IMG_3880 IMG_3882 Molly demonstrates professional bailing techniques. IMG_3892 IMG_3897 IMG_3902 IMG_3903 IMG_3906 IMG_3909 IMG_3910 IMG_3915 IMG_3917 IMG_3918 IMG_3928 IMG_3933 IMG_3936 IMG_3937 IMG_3942 IMG_3945 IMG_3946 IMG_3947 IMG_3952 IMG_3954 IMG_3955 IMG_3956 IMG_3957 IMG_3958 IMG_3963 IMG_3965 IMG_3970 IMG_3972 IMG_3973 IMG_3975 IMG_3978 IMG_3979
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