Today was the final day, number 5, of the Antigua Sailing Week and it came very close to becoming a no-race day due to light wind conditions. The weather forecast was borderline and had the winds come according to WindGuru and other online weather prognostication systems it would have been day ashore for everyone, but once we were on station the winds at the surface were between 3 and 7 knots and the wind speeds at the masthead were more constant and higher at 5-6 knots.
After measuring the variable directions for a good hour our Race Officer, Alfred, finally decided on where to set the start marker and, by doing so, implied that we would indeed be having a final race on this wonderful Caribbean day. The starts all went well except the final one, where we delayed it and reset the mark in order to make it a fair start as then winds had backed a bit. After the final start of the day it was decided that we'd shorten the course and had to race at speed on the catamaran in order to make it in time to finish the first competitors who were completing the race. We made it, with only seconds to spare, and were on station to mark the finish times of the first yachts coming in. We then had a lull and anchored in 160 feet of water (my hands and arms ached from preparing the anchor rode) but we didn't drag at all despite the deep waters and finished all the classes without a hitch.
I didn't get as much opportunity today to take finish line pictures, since I had duties aboard (we lost James and Carrie who had to zip off to finish the big boats at the original finish line) but I did at least manage to photograph a couple of boats. The pictures of the day's races from my perspective on Day 5 can be found here.
After the races I retired to Zanshin to edit some of the pictures and get away from all the excitement at the docks. I was listening to blues music while editing the first day's race picture when I heard an awful noise coming from above. At first I thought someone was torturing cats in public but soon I realized that there was a bit of melody to the threnody of noise and it suddenly dawned on me that someone was playing the bagpipes. Indeed, there was a yacht motoring up the channel with a bagpipe player on the bow. I'm now one vision closer to being able to say “Now I've seen everything

High-Tech wind tool Steve using his high-tech wind measurement tool along with a bearing compass to determine where the elusive wind is coming from.
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High-Tech wind tool
Guess Ambersail's bottom paint color? On the day before, "Ambersail" had wrapped her keel around our mooring line, and today we pulled it in all the way to discover that Ambersail's bottom paint is indeed red.
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Guess Ambersail's bottom paint color?
Only 3.7 knots of wind Steve measuring the wind speed at 3.7 knots; this was during a bit of a lull as I didn't see it go much lower all morning.
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Only 3.7 knots of wind
Postponement flag and horn Steve with a raised postponement flag sounding the air horn.
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Postponement flag and horn
Counting down to the start Counting down the minutes and seconds to the final start of the races.
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Counting down to the start
Bagpipes on Jig Saw I was alarmed when I heard these bagpipes as I initially thought that someone was torturing a bagfull of cats.
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Bagpipes on Jig Saw
Final Race - Start Line 1 The start mark is just by the distant power boat (the pin boat) and one of the videographers is getting a shot of the action as the final race of the series gets unders way.
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Final Race - Start Line 1
Quokka Quokka giving the committee boat a wave after finishing.
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Falmouth Harbour panorama Panorama at Falmouth Harbour on the still morning of the final race day of the 2013 Antigua Sailing Week.
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Falmouth Harbour panorama
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