2007 Tri-State Regatta:
Finches Make Good Crew

2007 Tri-State Regatta - Finches Crew - Deck Fluff

Hungry finches visited many boats returning to Chicago on the third leg of the Tri-State Regatta this year. The animated birds seemed very friendly, sometimes landing on or near racing crewmembers. Hopping around the boat, the little birds brought good cheer and happily ate tiny insects and pesky flies.

The finches were occasionally joined by bats. Our boat had several bats swoop by. One took a break by clinging upside down on the jib, while another one flew to the boom gooseneck and disappeared into the boom. He could not be seen anywhere inside, but outhaul adjustments or tapping the boom did not seem to disturb the heavy sleeper. After docking the boat in the harbor and night fell, the furry stowaway decided to come out and flew away.

Recognizing the nimble agility, light weight, and insect-eating abilities of the little finches, we decided to recruit them as alternate crew. The slow race gave us time to train them with the necessary basic skills to fill all crew positions on the boat. Take a look at the finch crew pictures here.

2007 Tri-State Regatta - Finches Crew - Helm


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6 September 2007 | Boat of the Year race series, Columbia Yacht Club, Jackson Park Yacht Club, LMSRF Area III, Michigan City Yacht Club, Photos, St. Joseph River Yacht Club, Tri-State Regatta | Comments

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