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Skipper Log 9/19: Everything Passed & Ready to Race

Erica Beck Spencer, Sea Bag's Women's Sailing Team Skipper, updates us on her team's journey to the J/24 World Championship

Greetings Sea Bags fans!

Jess Harris, Joy Martin and I (Erica Beck Spencer) arrived at the Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario at 13:30 on Friday. We were immediately greeted by numerous sailing friends and friendly volunteers, including a team from Japan. Curious about our team name, we showed the Japan team one of many recycled sail cloth Sea Bags totes we brought with us and overcame the language barrier with a Sea Bag and lots of smiles.

The measuring in process went very smoothly. This was the first time we've gone through this rigorous process. There are devices that are put around the keel to make sure the length isn't too long (which would provide an unfair advantage) or too narrow. We were very proud to hear the comments about how our keel is perfect. Our mast was measured, our rudder was weighed and measured, our optional and mandatory equipment was weighed, and our hull all- up-weight was taken. Everything passed, but we did learn that our hull is heavy and we're not sure why.

Another exciting moment in the day was unrolling our brand new genoa and mainsail to get them measured in. Charlotte Kinkade (bow) and a team member who's been on the team since the beginning, acquired these sails for the team and it's going to be a long time before these sails become Sea Bags.

We want to take a minute to thank all the volunteers here in Canada. This is a well-oiled machine and they have worked really hard to make the measure in process as efficient as possible.

Enjoy the photos and captions. Stay tuned for regular updates from the Sea Bags Women's Sailing Team at our first world championship.