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What they were thinking: Knot a care in the world

Skipper Jim Barnes of Mobile, Ala., aboard Lynley III (center), travels at 8.5 knots toward Nantucket from Hyannis in the 43d Figawi Race on May 24.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Skipper Jim Barnes of Mobile, Ala., aboard Lynley III (center), travels at 8.5 knots toward Nantucket from Hyannis in the 43d Figawi Race on May 24.

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Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

What’s up today: Skipper Jim Barnes of Mobile, Ala., aboard Lynley III (center), travels at 8.5 knots toward Nantucket from Hyannis in the 43d Figawi Race, May 24.

Barnes: “There’s not a nicer way to kick off the summer on Cape Cod, particularly if you are a yachtsman. It’s the first race of the season and a lot of fun. Conditions were great. At the leeward mark for the big boats we had to go around it to port and head upwind and all these smaller boats were just sailing by it. So it made for a real challenging convergence of all these boats, to say the least. At the leeward mark of the large boat fleet it was absolutely like a traffic jam. This picture was taken right after that mark and we’re heading upwind. There were a lot of boats that were going to be headed in to the finish line and a lot of boats that are going around this mark to windward like I am. You had to really be on your toes because there were a lot of boats right there so you had to stay out of everyone’s way, respect the right of way, and watch out. There may have been some people drinking out there during the race but most of the folks leave that until they get there. We get there on Saturday, and Saturday night at 2:30 in the morning we had a young lady come on our boat — totally innocently. She came on the wrong boat and she tried to get into one of the bunks with one of my crew embers. Honest to God truth. All of a sudden I hear a commotion . . . finally after telling her you’re on the wrong boat, she said, ‘Wrong boat,’ and she flew out of there. There’s always stories at Figawi.”

Stan Grossfeld can be reached at grossfeld@globe.com.
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