As some of you may know, I race sailboats. I'm now down in MD prepping for the Star Class World Championships next week. We begin boat and crew measurement Friday through Sunday with a practice race Sunday in Oxford, MD. The Worlds begins with Race 1 next Monday with six straight days of racing. The races will be long with a large fleet and crowded starting lines. I've raced in the Snipe Class at the Nationals and North American level and the Star Class the past few years as high as the North American Championship, but this will be my first Worlds in any class, and the Star Class is about as tough as it gets with many of the best sailors in the world. There will be multiple America's Cup Sailors, six World Champions at last count, and more than a few Olympians, plus a winner of the Volvo Around the World race. These guys give no quarter on the race course. The Star was an Olympic class from 1932 to 2012 and has a long and storied history. Anyhoo, I'm psyched no matter how I finish and really wanted to share. This is also why I'm a bit distracted and not participating as much on the jams and challenges. The boat's in good shape and would be ready to race tomorrow if necessary, but there's always work to do to make it a bit better, including getting the rig tune just right and easy to change on the water as conditions change. These boats are very sensitive to small tuning changes, especially when competing at this level. I'm sailing the oldest boat at the event - hull #7101 - but managed to find myself an older boat (1985) that's been well maintained and still stiff and fast. She's one of the special ones and sails upwind particularly well. She goes by the name of 黑貓, or Black Cat. I hear we will be carrying trackers on the boats with real-time tracking online. Once I know the URL, I'll post it here for anyone who might be curious. I'll be sailing with my son, which I'm psyched about. Here we are on Long Island Sound a bit over a week ago at our last regatta together before Worlds. Nutmeg2018 by knh555 posted Sep 26, 2018 at 8:00 PM Wish me luck!