2018 VCU EMSIS International Trip: Saturday

For the past 14 months I’ve been working on a Master’s Degree in Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University and one of the final parts of the program is an international trip to Greece and Cyprus. We left VCU Friday night flying to Germany and then to Athens.

It was a lot of travel without a lot of sleep and it went about as well as it could have.  Once we arrived in Athens we checked into our hotel that is located in an old part of town very close to the historical sites. Several of us went out to explore just after dark and went around many of the historic and tourist sites. There were so many restaurants and we found one quaint street with nothing but small restaurants with outdoor seating and live music in a cozy atmosphere.  We made plans to go back there later in the week.

View from the top of our hotel:

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2018 Monument Avenue 10k

Monument Ave 10k

Saturday I ran the Monument Avenue 10k for the first time in 6 years.  The weather was absolutely perfect – warm but not hot with mostly sunny. I have an ambitious running goal for this year and it was good to have this to look forward to for training. I managed to run it in under an hour.

RESULTS

2018 Monument Ave 10k Results

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2018 RMYC RG65 Series #2

The RG65 season is underway at the Richmond Model Yacht Club on Lake Rooty and we had nice weather for the 2nd race day of the series. Unfortunately, No Quarter had radio problems and became uncontrollable after the first race.  I still got to borrow a couple boats to sail – thanks Rob & Marc.

I’ve wanted to get a slightly bigger boat that would enable me to sail it in the choppier water in Deltaville.  I haven’t decided what I want yet, but a new member came who was interested in getting into the RG65 class and I ended up selling him my boat on the spot.  The RG65 was fun to sail and great for Lake Rooty and I’ll sure I’ll find another boat in the coming months.

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Jimmy Buffett Concert in Charlottesville

Jimmy Buffett has been on my to-see concert list for a long time and Jess got us floor seats to see him play at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. We made a weekend of it going out for dinner in  Charlottesville before the concert and spending the night at the Inn at Darden.

Caroline Jones opened and was great.  The floor seats were awesome and we had so much fun!

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2018 Myrtle Beach

This weekend was Preston’s Bachelor Party in Myrtle Beach.  We had a great house for 15 of us right on the beach.  We all had fun hanging out on the beach, playing wiffle ball, corn hole, golfing and watching march madness.

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2018 Florida Masters: Sunday

Sunday saw the conditions lay down a bit from the winds we saw Saturday and we were back out on the ocean sailing under overcast skies and 10-15 knot winds in rather large and lumpy swells.  I made it out to the race course, but felt absolutely awful out there as we waited to get racing started. After being so uncomfortable out there I left before the first race and would get an early start on the trip back home.  I would later figure out that the breakfast bars I had been eating hadn’t been agreeing with me and had actually been making me feel bad all weekend. Make that a lesson for next time.

Even though I didn’t get as much sailing as I might have wanted, it was still nice to enjoy some warm weather, see some old friends and get away for a bit. I am looking forward to more sailing in a few months when it warms up in VA.

PICTURES | REGATTA WEBSITE | RESULTS

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2018 Florida Masters: Saturday

After postponing on shore in what was looking to be some gnarly winds, the race committee took everyone out to the harbor for some short course racing in an alternate format.  I made the decision to bail on the day and jump on the committee boat for a front row seat. The alternate format meant todays races only counted as one race in the regatta.  In the end it wasn’t as bad as it felt on land or was predicted and I was a bit bummed to skip sailing it.

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2018 Florida Masters: Friday

The first day of the Florida Masters was a nice one with temps in the 70s, partly cloudy skies and 86 boats in two fleets. We sailed outside in the ocean. The wind started around 7 or 8 out of the WNW and shifted around to NNE and built to 11-13.  We got in 3 races for both fleets with the radials starting under the prep flag and the standards starting under U-flag after general recalling twice each of the 3 races.

In the first race it was lighter and a little lumpier and I picked the wrong side of the course on the first beat and found myself pretty deep at the first mark.  By the second leg the wind had shifted much more north making it a parade upwind and down.  I topped it off by hitting the same leeward mark both times I went around it and settled for 21st place finish.

After moving the course west and orienting it with the wind out of the North we got our 2nd race started.  I was mid-line and had a great start and legged out to the left.  I got to the layline and sailed right in to the mark and found myself first around.  I lost a couple boats on both downwind legs and settled for an 8.

For the 3rd race I started closer to the pin and had to pinch above a few boats barely laying it.  I stayed to the left of the course and by now the wind was 11-13 – requiring some sitting out and occasional hiking.  I was making the boat move well upwind and even started figuring out how to work the waves downwind so I didn’t loose boats.  I finished 5th and after 3 races I’m first Apprentice Master and 14th overall in the Radial fleet.

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2018 Florida Masters: Thursday

The trip to West Palm Beach went pretty smoothly for a 850mi journey with only 1 brief slowdown for construction traffic.  I spent the night in Jacksonville Florida and finished the trip this morning arriving at Palm Beach Sailing Club around 12:30.

The forecast for this week is going to be for quite a bit of wind on two of the days.  Having not sailed much in the last year and not at all since October, I’ve opted to join the radial fleet this weekend.

After unpacking I went out to practice in 10-11 knots out of the east, mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s.

I got out into the bay and the wind current was ripping, so I sailed around the harbor and got used to the Radial again. In the distance I spotted Rambler 88 and sailed by it.

The boats were put away, I went for a run and ready to camp out at the club and go racing tomorrow in a 30+ boat Radial fleet.

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2017 Favorite Photos

2017 was the first year I took nearly all of my photos with a camera phone having sold everything except an iPhone (6s and later 8+) and a GoPro Hero 3+.  Here are my favorite photos from 2017:

The TP52 fleet on the hard in West Palm

5/11 Sunset Concert Sail

Sunset on White Rock Lake

FBYC Cut Channel Race Start

Sunset Laser Sailing on White Rock Lake

Wednesday Night Laser Racing at Corinthian Sailing Club in Dallas

ECU Football sunset

Sunset at ECU’s Dowdy-Ficklen stadium during the game against JMU

Fall Leaves

Fall Leaves on the street

Hiking Richmond

Hiking on Black Friday #OptOutside

Richmond Skyline while Hiking on Black Friday #OptOutside

12/5 VCU Basketball vs Texas

VCU Siegel Center during the basketball game against Texas

Here are the 2016, 20152014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 photos.

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