Perhaps his first mistake was in cutting down on weight, inspired by Jim Muldoon, owner-skipper of the Annapolis-based Donnybrook, a 72-foot sled that carries no excess weight and generally is regarded as the fastest sailboat on the Bay.
"We agreed that it would be a good idea to empty the 80-gallon water tank aft and keep the amidships tanks [70 and 50 gallons each] full because, after all, the boat has a watermaker that can make 80 gallons per day," he
says."Fine, we would ‘Donnybrook' our cruising boat to make her
more competitive and less prone to hobby-horsing at sea with the aft tank empty."
To be sure the watermaker would function, Kellogg
had earlier sent it away for a rebuild."You can't make drinking water from water in the Chesapeake, and I had never had an opportunity to turn it on because I had never been out of the Bay on the boat," he
They had not even reached Solomons shortly after the start of the race when Kellogg
was informed that the water pumps were running constantly.