Soon a northerly fills, and we begin to move. With our spinnaker full and drawing, we jibe twice, pass the mark and make for the open water of the sound. Though the breeze is there, it still isn’t enough to get every residence around the 8-mile triangle course. Sensing this, the committee boat — also a liveaboard — weighs anchor and high-tails it across the sound to make a new finish line at the turning mark off Bainbridge Island.
With just one boat ahead of us, we battle a Wauquiez 40 and a Cal 33 to the finish and manage to squeak across the line second in class and second overall. After celebratory high-fives, we turn back for the marina, fire up the grill, pull food and cold beverages from the fridge, and enjoy the comforts of home.