That was very kind of them, said Hammerman, of Houston, TX. We turned around and flew the chute all the way back to the line. The drop changed the stakes for the J-80 fleet: Bodacious, who had the lead on Friday, dropped to fifth place, and Wild Thang finished third overall. Kicks, skippered by David Balfour, of Austin, TX, moved up to second place. Her finishes improved steadily as her crew grew familiar with the venue. Hammerman says the race committee set a challenging course in a remote area of Galveston Bay where few Galveston-based sailors would have a home-water advantage. When the winds light with lots of holes, said Hammerman, its always unpredictable. But when it blew steadily, we felt really fast.