Still life did go on during my down time, Although I missed about two and half months away from work I did get up to some things. Dina and I did a holiday road trip down the coast with stops in Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, and San Diego which included a pretty good new years with our friends Todd and Virginia on their boat down in San Diego. We have also made it to a few concerts along the way, including my new favorite band Gogol Bordello, as well as Social Distortion, and just this last Monday Prince at the Oakland Coliseum.
I have even managed to get a little sailing in here and there, although for the most part it has me playing the part of passenger rather than active participant. Having said that the day before I buggered my ankle I did the Regatta PRO mid-winters out on the bay with Jeff Thorpe and a couple of others on the J-105 Roxanne, this was the first J-105 racing I have done since the boats where brand new and I have to say it was a lot of fun. Going out and winning both races didn't hurt, but it was very enjoyable day of light air mid-winter one-design racing.
I also managed to do two of the Golden Gate mid-winters, one on the Ocelot, and one with Steve on the Cal 40 Shaman. On Shaman I was planning on just sitting on the back and shooting some video, but they decided to make me the tactician instead, something I have never really done before. Let's just say that as a tactician I got a few things right, and few things wrong and leave it at that.
The big sailing news is that we have Gonzo back on the water as a racing sailboat again. I had originally ruptured my Achilles when we were dropping the mast to replace the standing rigging. As a result the mast was down for a couple of months before we finally got the boat over to Glen Hansen at Hansen Rigging. Glen got the standing rigging replaced, the rig back up and more importantly got the rig set up in such a way as that Gonzo has never been faster. We have been doing the Oakland Yacht Club Sunday Brunch series and with one race to go we lead our division by four or five points, not bad especially considering that we missed the first race.
I have an appointment with my Physical Therapist so I will add a few pictures later, also I hope to do some changes to the blog layout soon, as well as a full write up of the Sunday Brunch Series...