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Last night's race preparation got off to a bad start, what with a low tide the craning in of the Melges becomes a little harder (for an old man like me). As the boat was craned down to the water I had to go down the slimy ladder holding the painter! Glad I was wearing my Dubarry boots & Gill gloves to give me a bit more grip. Once you are 'under' the crane, keeping the backstay & flicker away from the chain & the chain box is my worst nightmare, having said that they do say practice makes perfect. Speaking of practice we did manage a port end flier & cleared the fleet however we were second at the windward mark & as for our first spinnaker hoist & subsequent gybe the less said the better! Looks like we may have finished third on corrected time, beaten by a couple of other Melges. Practice, plus maybe some Team Mclube Hullkote, needed to give us a 'winning' finish.

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