For those of you freezing up North wishing you had your boat in the water, I thought we'd post some videos of some practice time on the water yesterday. We had some fun in heavier air. Randy and Mark Porter were in the chase boat, shooting video and providing some much needed critique on driving, while I was on board with Craig and Scott. Scott had some fun doing "ironman", working both the bow and headsail trimmer position. Wind was about 20 knots with all kinds of wonderfully shifty/fluky gusts to play with. We only stuffed the bow a couple of times downwind, and on an upwind leg, we certainly spent some time on one ama playing with the limits of the boat.
The only downside was that it was damn cold for FL. I think we topped out at 50 degrees, although when my feet got wet if felt like Maine as a kid after playing outside till my extremeties got numb.
No, that's not Santa driving - it's just the warmest hat I had down here.
Here's a little Downwind clip for you as well.
As the year draws to a close, we all have so much to be thankful for. I have to thank my crew Craig/Scott/Dave/Don/Mark/Randy and all their families for putting up with a changing schedule at the end of the year. Team Strategery is made up of some great guys, and I know how lucky I am to have them as friends. So Merry Christmas to the crew, their families, you readers and all those on the water out there. Be safe and have a great holiday.