Friday, December 8, 2006

The Amazing Race

Author: Anna

Location: Phuket, Thailand

We started off the race with just two classes, Ocean Rover and Classics (ours) on the course. The start of the race was slightly delayed but at least had a few knots of wind to get us over the starting line. After that though, the wind died and all four boats in our class floated around for several hours in some weird currents and no wind. Just as we were about to give up hope, a puff of wind came and we were off! As we started sailing away the race committe radioed to ask if the boats wanted to cancel the race due to no wind, but we all radioed back and said no, and the race was on! As the boats picked up speed Argo slowly pulled ahead of the fleet and sailed across the finish line first, to many cheers from the other boats and the race committee. Even though we probably won't get first place due to the handicap system, we took line honors and the personal victory for our crew is one we will never forget. On our way back into shore we launched the dinghy and took some great shots of Argo under full sail. The wind was strong and we had Argo up to over ten knots! It really was a great race. This afternoon will be relaxing, with some shore time and a rescue diving review after dinner.

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Thursday, December 7, 2006

Another race for the books

Author: Jim

Location: Phuket, Thailand

The now seasoned Argo crew took home another trophy today with an exciting second place finish. About halfway through the race we were overtaken and spent a good deal of time fighting light wind to try to regain second place. The other boat was ahead but drifted down current away from the mark which gave us an opportunity to squeeze into second place. We made the mark before them and successfully raced Argo once again! Also the crew was joined by Jim Stoll and a camera crew.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Hooray for Lay Day

Author: Evie
Location: Phuket, Thailand

Today was our lay day from the race, but we still had lots to do onboard Argo. The morning was spent taking our rescue diving exam and doing our last rescue dive, now all we have to wait for is the Code Red scenario. After lunch some ofus headed o shore to sort out flights and gifts and any last minute Thailand necessities we needed before home. We had dinner onboard followed by a concluding OCE lecture. The ned of the night was mainly occupied with paper writing, logbooks and PSCT tests. And finally, before bed Jim arrived onboard.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Exhilarating Racing

Author: Tom

Location: Phuket, Thailand

We had a really thrilling race today! Adrenaline pumping excitement! Well, no not really. There wasn't even a breath of wind. We had a good starting position when the race committee began the start sequence. However, due to the lack of wind and the strong current, we found ourselves getting pulled away from the line. After a couple hours of drifting we decided to drop anchor so that if the wind picked up we wouldn't be even farther from the line. After a few more hours and dozens of boats calling it quits, the committee called off our race. Interestingly we were awarded second place for the day without ever crossing the finish line. Of course after we were back at the anchorage the wind picked up to twenty knots. We'll all be praying for wind in the days to come.

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Monday, December 4, 2006

First Place and King's Birthday!

Author: Rosy

Location: Phuket, Thailand

Today was a big day for the Argo crew and all of Thailand. It was the beloved King's birthday, therefore the majority of the people were sporting bright yellow shirts in his honor and each boat showed respects for the King before the race started by lining up in a procession before the Royal Thai Navy boat. Afterwards the race began with a bang; we lined up Argo perfectly and charged through the starting line at exactly the right moment, dominating all other boats in our path, shadowing them with our sails. The next big moment came as we rounded the first marker, wondering for a few uncertain moments whether we would glide smoothly around the mark or be pushed into it by the current and penalized. Luckily we made it around just in time and proceeded towards the end to a first place finish! To make things even better all the action onboard was caught on tape by an ESPN reporter who had taken interest in Argo and her crew and joined us for the day. After the race we enjoyed a great Thai dinner on shore and had fun celebrating our victory.

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Sunday, December 3, 2006

Race Day!

Author: Mike C.

Location: Phuket, Thailand

Well, today was our first race day of the King's Cup Regatta. We all started the day off early with breakfast at 0700. We were out on the course for about 0800 and tacked around the starting line. Our class started tenth and we started well. With two other boats in our class, Cordilia and Jubileaum, in close quarters we rounded the first mark in good position. It wasn't until the second gate that the wind died and the current took over. For the rest of the race we tacked in very light winds, making little headway before retiring at about 3:30. We are heading back into port a tired and sun-kissed crew of Argonauts.

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Saturday, December 2, 2006

working out the kinks

Author: Peter

Location: Phuket, Thailand

The King of Thailand arranged for steady winds for the practice day before the race. We practiced tacks and jibes all morning and started the practice race just before two. Boomer and Kevin went to the skipper's meeting and figured out the starting procedures for tomorrow. Tomorrow is the start of the real race and we are ready!

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Friday, December 1, 2006

Race Registration and Phuket

Author: Boomer
Location: Phuket, Thailand

Today I registered us in the King's Cup and the crew took the day to see Phuket after the OCE final. Everyone enjoyed their time exploring and eating good Thai food. Allan and I took a chandlery run where we replenished some needed cleaning and polishing products while some other crew sorted out dinghy fuel and propane. Lauren and Sam prepared an excellent dinner and then we had a pre-race meeting where we sorted out uniforms and tactics. Practice race is tomorrow!