Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Snapshots, Race to the Elephant, June 5, 2010

This Merit 22 wound up being the overall winner of the Race to the Elephant, Elephant Butte Lake, NM, June 5, 2010.

Cruisers look for the breeze at the start of the Race to the Elephant.

A Hobie cat and a Catalina 30 show some of the range of boats in this fleet.

Lots of cruisers sail south from Rock Canyon

Tir na nog is part of the fleet for the Race to the Elephant.

A crew figures out the mysteries of catamaran sailing.

The Catalina 30 Salud gradually gets way on at the start.

Cruising boats and a lone Hobie cat clear the line as everyone gets moving south.

The Frers 33 Blue Agave, left, Kettletop Mesa, center, and S2 34 Cultural Infidel, right, approach Rattlesnake Island.

Here a 27-foot Beneteau circles around the west side of the Elephant.

Light winds later in the day meant that only half the fleet was able to circle around the Elephant and finish. Of course, the winds picked up again during the dinner after the racing was done for the day!


At 10:37 AM, June 22, 2010, Blogger Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

That's a rule! Wind comes up after the racing's over!

At 1:03 AM, June 28, 2010, Blogger Mark Brown said...

My dad is a brilliant yacht racer. When I was 17, he bought a Catalina 30 for racing. The speed of his C30 is amazing. He is unbeatable! (I have to say, I raced just once and the feeling is indescribable!) However, my dad is not getting any younger, he recently sold his C30 to a businessman in LA. Last week, he settled all the paperwork and the delivery details to the yacht transporter. It was a smooth negotiation. I wanted to cheer him up because my friend Emily is selling their cruiser in a very reasonable price. I might interest him in buying. His sailing adventures may not over yet.


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