2006 St. Petersburg NOODís Report

 

Goombay Smash, left the cold north to feel the warmth of the Florida Coast on Wednesday, February 15th, 2006.  The drive down was pretty smooth until we got to Macon, Georgia.  After we stopped for gas and returned to highway 75, we noticed little puffs of smoke coming from the trailer each time we hit a bump.  We pulled off at the next exit to inspect the problem.  After close inspection, we found the problem.  The issue was a broken spring on the trailer, so 6:00 pm on a Wednesday evening we looked through the local phone book to find a trailer repair place where we came upon Earlís Trailers in Macon, Ga.  Earl was happy to help us and said he had just the thing.  We pulled up at Earls and he quickly went to work.  After 2 Ĺ hours of work, a few different springs and a manufactured spring, we were back on the road.

We arrived in St. Petersburg, Fl on Thursday morning and proceeded to rig and get on the water for a little practice and shake some rust off.  The crew consisted of the skipper, Gregg Henning and the crew Erik Rahmel and Ed Leslie (The Evil Twins). The weather was sunny and 78 degrees.  After a nice practice sail, we came in for a little refreshment.  Out of the cockpit of the boat, proceeded the Goombay Smash party.  Before we knew it $100 worth of rum was gone and we were all feeling fine.

Friday morning came with little wind.  We did leave the dock to see what was out on the water.  In very light winds, we sailed with the dolphins, let the music play, taunted the Melges 24 fleet as we had drinks on board and music.  Alas, there was no racing for the day.  However the rum party at the Tiki Hut was great.

Saturday morning again brought little wind and a postponement.  The winds did come up in the afternoon for us to get three races in which put us firmly in second place with 7 points.  The next competitor had 14.  The first place boat, Brad Bostonís Honour, secured three firsts. Again the rum party, kept us well lubricated.

Sunday morning gave us a little different look, no wind with fog.  The race committee sent us out to the starting areas in hope for wind.  We did win the only race of the day, and that was finding the race committee in the fog as again no racing was held.  We got back to the dock, unrigged the boat for the long drive home and went and enjoyed the awards presentation.  All in all, it was a great time, but it would have been nice to have a little more wind.