My friend Jim and I were given the opportunity to run the "Committee Boat" during the LMYC Mexico Triangle Race. Rick of TowBoatUS provided his "Rede 1" for the committee boat. After a checkout, he turned us loose with his boat.
The race was scheduled to run from the Jetties at South Padre Island
South east to an artificial fishing reef just off the Mexico US border. There is a yellow buoy marking the reef.
From the reef to a gas well about 9 miles Northeast, then about 9 miles back to the Jetties.
Well, the best laid plans of mice and men. At the start of the race, there was NO and I do mean NO wind. As the first leg worn on, the wind picked up to about 3 to 5 knots directly on the nose of sailboats trying to make the yellow buoy. The "Lucky Strike" was the first boat to make the turn around the yellow buoy.
The next was Abel and Frank in the O'Day 25, and third was Mike and Marylin in Sweet Pea. Since by this time it was well past noon, it was decided to omit the second point and head straight back to the Jetties.
Sweet Pea had a little competition for the buoy as they made the turn.
This Montgomery 17 "Tynee" piloted by Andres Garcia was the 4th boat in the race. Really looked good, but had a terrible time as did everyone else making headway.
Even though it was poor sailing conditions, it was a fine day to be out on the water.