|I never got tired of photographing this view.|
|The kids were in for a long day but they were troopers.|
|There was just enough time for Nasser to catch a hamour.|
It was small so he threw it back.
The second race, Race 6, was similar, but twice around and they moved the wing mark further out toward the islands. It was funny to hear Joel, DOSC's sailing manager, tell Nasser on the other boat to move the mark near Atlantis. I immediately thought of the big Atlantis hotel and casino in Reno,then the mythical city, and then realized that what looked like a little bit of sand on the horizon was the Atlantis island, and just beyond it was the World. You can see them from the air or on Google Earth; the effect from the water is much less dramatic. DOSC holds an "Around the World" race. I'll put that on my bucket list.
|The kite boards appear in late afternoon.|
|Just freakin' beautiful.|
|Hey now you little boats, don't be intimidated by the big boys.|
|Catch 22 was the day's big winner, if you ask me.|
We gotta beat -- I mean meet -- these guys.
I noticed that the first boat to cross the finish line in the last race was the J22, Catch 22, beating all the big boats over the line. That looks like it would be a fun boat to sail here in this wind and water. There were five in the regatta, but there are more in the marina. Mark and I have never sailed a one-design boat together as owners. It would be fun and manageable. Meanwhile, there is one for sale, but it doesn't have a mast. However, it would be better to find a boat we can step onto.
|Beneteaus are popular here.|
|Mark likes this boat.|
|The J92 was looking good all day.|
|What an awesome place to sail a Mumm 30.|
Did I mention the flat water and reliable wind?
While we originally thought it would be ideal to have a big enough boat in the marina so that we could over night there on weekends we are realizing how much that would cost, and what a commitment it would be in time and maintenance. Now our thought is to make base camp at a nearby Holiday Inn when we sail, and taxi to and from the yacht club, no driving after the regatta. We drove home after the Volvo Winter Regatta, but as we left at 7:00 pm the party was just getting started in the outdoor area. They were serving shawarmas, my favorite Arabic sandwich, there was a good band, and the bar was open. But we had to get back to Abu Dhabi, a drive of about a bit over an hour.We were tired from our 12 hour day, but next time we'll stay and I can drop Mark off at work on the way home on Sunday morning.
|If Isabella and Mikhail look like newlyweds|
that's cuz they are -- one month!!
|In between photo ops I took finish times.|
Photo by Isabella