And there we were – day one of the four-day J-24 North American Championship – sailing on our beloved Casco Bay. It was a light air day. Bad Apple, bow #44, was jockeying for position at the starting line along with 49 other seasoned sailors from around the world. The caliber of the racers was clear and this opportunity – amazing. We were getting to hang with the big dogs in our own back yard.
“5, 4, 3 …. up, up, up… 2, 1 – we are racing!” We rounded the first mark in second place. I nervously released the spinnaker then held my breath. Sure enough, the larger-than-life Bad Apple chute filled with air and carried us to the next mark in beautiful fashion. But it looked like a few boats had made strides on us. We finished in 4th place on day one. Not too shabby.
Bad Apple completed another 8 races over the remaining three days of the event finishing at a very respectable 26th place out of the 50 competitors.
Check out drone footage from the event to get a taste of what we experienced.
Oh, and by the way, I designed the logo for the event too.