On April 24, 25 and 26 2009 Jim Jones, Quinn Stewart and Charlie sailed the Briar Patch, a Pearson 323 sloop from Gulf Shores to Mobile, then raced from Mobile to Dauphin Island and then back to Sailboat Bay in Gulf Shores, AL. This is our 24th DI race. We didn't win a trophy, but we did have a good time, and actually corrected over a boat that was much faster than us. Hooray for handicaps. This was the first shakedown cruise after the major refurbishment of the mast, standing and running rigging and power plant in 2008 and early 2009. All systems went well and nothing broke or fell off the boat in what turned into some pretty rough seas and windy conditions. That's us at the starting line (above photo), not the Hinckley B40, but the Pearson right behind it. Life is good, but not that good.