Race Day 2

Bill is settling in at Checkpoint 1 for the night.  I guess it is true that there can sometimes be too much of a good thing.  In this case, wind.  It was great having the wind at his back in order to sail, but not this much wind.  As I understand it, there was some malfunction having to do with the shackle that controls his sail rigging.  In the amount of wind he was in, it was very difficult controlling the sail and due to the loss of the use of the shackle his arms became the control rods and he had to hold the line himself — for over four hours.  He seemed confident that the issue was taken care of and he was going to get a good night’s sleep and be on the water by 5:30am.  On a much happier note, friends of ours, Bob & Cindy Howell, who happen to live close to CP1, were there to greet Bill upon his arrival.  I know it meant a lot to him and was a great surprise.  Not bigger than the surprise I had when I found the attached video in my email from them.  Hopefully I did him proud explaining the equipment issue.  It’s not easy catching every other word through the wind blowing into the mouthpiece of the phone, and he never seems in a good enough mood to have me ask him to repeat things.  🙂