Peter managed to beat the F-32 LADY BIRD on handicap in a race that took over 4 hours coupled with a wind change.
It thus turned out to be a beat all the way, so LADY BIRD could not use their huge spinnaker. Peter writes:
This year I managed to beat LADY BIRD on handicap at the annual Round the Island Race, and the photo attached
shows WILD THING during the early windless part of the race. Winds later picked up to around 5 knots, but was very
shifty as cumulus clouds developed. The wind shifter 180 degrees during the race, so we were on a beat the whole time,
which helped because we only have an asymmetrical spinnaker.
We were in the lead for the first third of the race, pacing the F-32 LADY BIRD quite well on the beat, until we got stuck
in a hole. We ended up 5th fastest in fleet of 240 boats. Behind me were Nacra 20s, Hobie Tigers, F27s, Dragonfly 26s.
Faster than us was a Nacra 20, M23 tri, the F-32, and a Hobie Tiger.
After the race, when I was doing my single handed recovery and derig, there was lots of interest, and the single handed
rigging and launching created a lot of envy.