Is a “Women’s Race” a spectator sport? We will see on Sunday, May 22 with the annual Joan Holcomb Women’s Race. You never know, there might be something to watch, if we have any wind.
Come join our celebration of a woman who was a leader of both Barefoot Sailing Club and Lake Lanier Sailing Club. The thing I love about this sport is the ability for a woman to compete against man in an equal contest and do I have fun!
Come join us on the LLSC point, use the temporary gate code #0522, and cheer for your favorite boat.
We have a new normal for this month of May. It seems like it is warm and windy during the day and then as soon as the sun goes down, the wind shuts off. I think Ben Harbin put a spell on the weather!
Thanks to race committee of Tony Cellamare, Ben Harbin, Kyle Wheatley, Ken Russell, John Gomez and Tillie Harbin for doing an excellent job with a very difficult SE wind. It is difficult to find a good place for the starting line when blows from that direction.
A special thanks to Linda Cellamare, who gave Will Brown a break and provided our dinner this evening. The unsung heroes are always the “behind the scene” workers and especially those that take the time to keep our kitchen clean for the next event. Thank you so much.
I hope everyone that had a birthday in May was able to enjoy the celebration with us.
We have a new event coming up on Fri. May 27. This race series is included in the Wed. night NOR/SI that was sent to you when you registered and is also located on our website, LLSCKeelboat.com, RC info.
Reserve these upcoming dates on your calendar of Sat, June 4 (PHRF Championship race ) and the weekend of June 11-12 (Reggae Regatta).
The PHRF Championship is a one day race, with trophies and the end of racing day (included in Wed. night registration).
With the coming of summer we all anticipate the Reggae Regatta. Cathy Freeman is putting on an event that is going to have you dancing your way to the dock with strains of steel drums. Music will be in the air as you put on your most Reggae-ish shirt, sandals, and your “dreds” for one music filled party. For more information and to register, go to LLSC.com. You need to register by May 27 for shirts and food.
See you on the race course, Dana
It was a beautiful late spring evening with a gorgeous full moon and just enough wind to make a pleasant ride to H to watch the fireworks from Margaritaville to the west, while someone was shooting fireworks to the east. What a backdrop for the first race of the Moonlight series. The only real competition was between Pat Finnick in his E33 and Francois Rivard in Take Five. The 2 shots are them sailing past us with that beautiful moon as a backdrop.
Thanks to Jonathan Stewart for setting up this Pursuit course and everyone that joined us in this awesome full moon evening. Thanks to Kim Sciandra for the great shot of the fireworks.
The next full moon will be on Reggae Regatta weekend, 2022 Reggae Regatta : Lake Lanier Sailing Club (regattanetwork.com). Moonlight race #2 will be on Sat. July 9 and the last Moonlight race will be on Sat. Aug 13.
See you on the race course, Dana
Once again, congratulations to race committee for getting one more race completed in this series. The wind has been quite a challenge and this race committee did a great job. This was a different race for every fleet. We had some incredible wind shifts. Everybody started with a weather leg to D and the spinnakers went downwind to F. For most of us, that was when the race course shifted on its axis. As we rounded F and prepared to go upwind, suddenly it was a beam reach and if you were the fastest getting your spinnaker up (again!), then you had the jump on your fleet.
Thanks to RC members; Linda Hoopes, JLillian Gray, Dona Cardenas, John, Sean, Mike Kenna, Jill Spisak and a new LLSC member Erick Worster for doing such an excellent job on RC this evening. We were all very appreciative that the course for fleets 1-4 was shortened.
It is impressive that Generation Z in the form of Davis Macleod, Parker Thran, Kyle Meyhoefer and Ga Tech sailors are starting to dominate the Wednesday night races. Davis and his team grabbed the top spot in the Melges 24 fleet this week, while Parker and his team took a 2nd place in the Mid PHRF fleet, Kyle has won 4 of the last 6 races in the High PHRF fleet and the Cole Woerner/Roberto Martelli and the Ga Tech team have been stomping all over the J-24 fleet with 2 wins in the newly refurbished Balance Point.
Darryl Lanier won the Low Cruiser fleet this week after three 2nd place finishes, while Bill Overend sailed to 2nd place in the High Cruiser fleet. Jeff Freeman and Mike Macleod duked it out with Jeff barely finishing 4 corrected seconds in front of Mike. She-Devil sailed to first place in the very competitive J-24 fleet, while we had a new “22”, a Lindenberg, take the top spot in the High PHRF fleet, great job Tedd Meinersmann.
One other comment I will make about the race, we now have 58 boats registered for Wednesday night races. We usually have an average of 45 boats sail each week, so it is likely that there will be times you will meet or overtake boats from another fleet. Please be aware of the boats in your fleet. When you meet a boat on the race course from another fleet, think about whether it is necessary to cause them to lose a place in their fleet because of your actions.
Also, RC is doing a good job of making announcements on the radio as a courtesy, so please make sure you take this extra bit of caution by making sure your radio is on at all times. Announcements on the radio are nice, but the flags are the only signals that count.
Hopefully I will see you and your favorite honey on Saturday, for the first of 3 Moonlight races.
Who do you think is going to win this race, David or Goliath? Have fun, Dana
I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating the 4th of May, Wednesday night style. If you follow facebook, our culinary specialist, Will Brown usually posts the menu for our odd week race dinner. This week’s taco night was a huge success. Will and his team of Mary Lyons, Marie Umberger, Linda Cellamare and J Lillian served over 80 people and left everything spic and span. A big thanks to all who make Wednesday night dinners so special. I imagine Waffle House has seen a huge decline in business.
We are now halfway to the finish line and we have some interesting developments in the fleets. In the High PHRF fleet it continues to be a battle of the 22’s. There are 2 points separating the 2nd to 4th place; Mein Sube, Pyg and Marmotta are in a battle for the 2nd spot in the fleet. The J-24 fleet are being led by the GT boat #5353 while there is a tie for 3rd place and 5th place. The Mid-PHRF fleet has a very tight race for the top spot between Meraki and Sotally Tober. One small mistake (or one poor start) can make the difference between winning and losing in this very tight and competitive fleet . The top spot in the Low PHRF fleet has 1.3 points separating 1st to 3rd place, consistency seems to be the solution to winning in this fleet, the 2nd place and 3rd place boats have both won 2 races. The Melges 24 are being led by Hermes but are being hunted by the Lamorak and Premature Acceleration with only .7 points separating 2nd and 3rd place. Wind Spinner with her four 2nd place finishes is putting the moves on Beau Gust in the High Cruiser fleet. Instigator II and Revelry are in contention for the 2nd spot in the Low Cruiser fleet.
A big thank you to all the Mothers that are participating in our Wednesday night adventures, Happy Mother’s Day.
I know how competitive we all are , but I hope all of our women sailors are practicing for JH Women’s race. Whether you are at the helm going to and from the race course or going out on the weekend, I look forward to seeing you on May 22 at LLSC with registration at BarefootSailingClub.org.
The first Moonlight race will be on Sat, May 14. LARC NOR/SI will be attached and a pre-registration email will be sent next week.
The first Friday night race will be on Fri, May 27. The Friday night NOR/SI are included in the LLSC Keelboat NOR/SI.
Thanks to Linda Hoopes for the spectacular photos from Race 5.
See you on the race course, Dana
Another excellent job by race committee. It was like this RC had psychic powers. Tommy Sawchuk, John Guy, Pete Winham, Tony Stanley, Rachel Green, and Marten Kendrich obviously rubbed their crystal ball just right so they could see the gentle wind that was going to appear just in time for us to sail a 3 mile course before sunset.
While we are all out on Wed enjoying ourselves, some of us are starting to battle with their fleet mates for the top spot in our fleet. Somebody is going to need to put a hole in Greg Cash’s boat to push him off the top spot of Low Cruiser while Jim Chambers is making some serious moves on Kurt in Beau Gust in High Cruiser. The shining star in Melges 24 is Barkley/Krantz but Tony Stanley is only one race away from taking the top spot, while McCarthy, Freeman and Guy/Stewart are pushing each other to outperform their competitors in the Low PHRF fleet. Kingery and Thran are battling for the 2nd spot in Mid PHRF, while the newly refurbished GT J-24 “Balance Point” is taking the lead in the one-design fleet, but the big surprise is the battle of the “22’s” for the top spots in the High PHRF fleet. The next couple of race may tell a different story.
Women sailors/skipper; you should be out there practicing for the Joan Holcomb Women’s race on Sunday, May 22. Registration will be at BarefootSailingClub.org on May 1.
For those of you who love a night race, the first Moonlight race will be Sat, May 14 skipper’s meeting at 6 pm Aqualand and the first Friday night race will be Friday, May 27 with starting gun at 7pm (see Randy Phillips for more info). The Moonlight races are free to all participants that are a member of BFSC, UYC or LLSC and the Friday night series is included in both Wed Keelboat and Keelboat weekend race registration.
Last but not least, the menu for next week’s Wednesday night dinner will be taco night. We are celebrating Cuatro de Mayo, Wednesday night style.
I am including some of the photos I have seen on facebook and they are great reminders of the what a joy it is to have a sailing break in the middle of the work week. Thank you Julie Stuart and SV La Luna for the great shots.
See you on the race course, Dana
What’s shorter than Tommy Sawchuck and Mike Blanchard? Oh I know that one, last night’s race. That course was so short that by the time the J-24’s started, we met head on with the Melges 24 as they rounded the leeward gate. What do you call a boat that is half Melges 24 and half J-24? Two boats that unexpectantly meet at a mark rounding.
I want to thank race committee of Mike Stewart, Randy Baker, Mike Blanchard, Will Brown and Ted Sheldon for providing an excellent course that didn’t include “E” mark. It was a tough call and an even tougher course to set with the wind direction on this fine Wednesday night.
Not only was this a fine spring evening with comfortable temperatures and enough wind to make easy sailing, but we also had the fine epicurean meal of southern style Beef Stroganoff provided by our master chef, Will Brown. The volunteers of Linda Cellamare, Ted Sheldon and Marie Umberger made feeding the 47 boats this evening much more enjoyable.
I have included the overall scores and if you continue to the end, you will find the specific times and results from race 1-3. We had some interesting results this week: Jim Chambers won the High Cruiser fleet, Tony Stanley moved to the top with his 4th place finish in the Melges 24, John McCarthy made it to the top spot with his 4th place finish in the Low PHRF fleet, Joey Duran won this race in the Mid PHRF fleet, while Tom Graham and Mark Turner won the J-24 fleet by a very close margin.
See you on the race course, Dana
Oh, those nasty Southerly winds. Race committee for the last 2 weeks have had to deal with this unusual wind direction and what a challenge. RC were excellent in managing a difficult job of setting the best course or longest course possible for the winds we had this evening, but what a gorgeous evening it was. A great night to be sailing as I believe the other 43 boats that were out there with me would agree. To quote Mr. Rogers “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…” and that would definitely describe race #2.
A big thanks to our race committee of Warren Collier, David Jackson, Elizabeth Jackson, Harry Huff, Karen Huff, Christian Koerner, Mary Lyons, and Will Brown. When you have 44 of the 55 boats registered in 7 fleets (can you believe how we have grown!!), the starts and finishes can be quite exciting. I know 3 of the J-24’s finished within 1 second of each other and the mid-PHRF fleet has some excitement at the starting line. RC is doing a wonderful job of announcing the course, changes and most important. boats that are over early. So it is very important to have a radio on your boat and turned on (my idiosyncrasy) to receive important information and communicate with RC if you are retiring or in trouble during the race.
Btw, I apologize for not complimenting our Culinary Specialist, Will Brown, for the delicious chicken and broccoli casserole that he cooked in week #1. Can’t wait to find out what he has planned for us this upcoming week #3!!
If anyone would like to volunteer to do a meal on one of the odd # Wednesday night races, please contact me and we will gladly accept your help.
For all you lovers of sailing under the full moon, the next Keelboat event will be Saturday, May 14; LARC after Dark Moonlight race #1. More information will be sent at the beginning of May. And speaking of May, the Joan Holcomb Women’s Race will be Sunday, May 22. So let’s put some women at the helm and teach them the thrill of driving a boat.
Look forward to seeing you next Wednesday,
The first race of a 10 week series is always fraught with changes and questions. This year we had 50 boats registered for this series and this causes some changes in fleet splits and starting order. There was excitement in the J-24 fleet with 6 boats registered and their own start.
Now let’s stir in some weather. There were storms that threatened the peace of our first night and you have a recipe for taught nerves and lots of foul weather gear. Fortunately for us, the storms delayed until after the High PHRF fleet made the windward mark of E. It started to fill in with little puffs making the spinnaker finish a lot more exciting.
Most of you have seen the scores or corrections of the scores. I think I have all the issues ironed out. Please see attached for the latest and greatest of scores for Race #1.
I have heard many compliments for the race committee for their broadcasts and getting a race completed. Race committee of Tom Graham, Warren Collier, Glen Schmudde, Mark Turner, Will Brown and Kevin Kennedy did an excellent job with the unpredictable conditions we had this night. Time is not always on the side of race committee, and they often do the best job in the amount of time given. Thank you for volunteering for this important job.
Photos from Will Brown on facebook at LLSC Keelboat page.
by Warren Collier
The LLSC 2022 Dogwood Regatta was a wonderful way for the LLSC Keelboat Fleet and Georgia Tech Sailing Clubs to kick off their racing seasons. Saturday, the conditions were challenging with a 180-degree wind shift during the first race which meant the start was upwind and the finish was downwind – all in the same direction! Georgia Tech did a wonderful job with the dinner Saturday evening and everyone enjoyed the camaraderie watching the stunning sunset. On Sunday, the conditions were very sporty in the first race with 18 knots gusts. Things settled down in the 2nd race with 11-14 knots and then in the 3rd race the wind moderated to around 7-9 knots. The racing was very competitive with 1st place decided by 1 point or a tie breaker in several fleets. The trophies were handmade by Georgia Tech and everyone loved receiving them.
Wednesday night sailing starts up April 6 with first warning at 6:40 pm for the cruiser fleet. Make sure you’re registered and come have fun!
You can always tell when everyone had a great time sailing that day when they hang around the finish line after the race. Sometimes they are checking to make sure they finished far enough ahead of their competition. But this last LARC race of the Winter series was such a great day that you saw many a boat hanging around after the race enjoying a leisurely sail around Chattahoochee Bay before going back to the dock.
LARC #4 by LLSC was a great winter day. I was happy that we had our 60 degree temperatures. Race committee of Randy Phillips and company did a superb job setting a course that could adjust to the varying conditions of that day. Needless to say that conditions were varied when a J-24 beat a J-90 to the weather mark. But that’s ok because Jonathan will get over it.
Congratulations to Davis Macleod for the winning his second race of the series. In the High PHRF, Bailey White in his C&C 36 managed to trounce on the J-24 therefor winning the series, while Pete Winham didn’t win this last race but managed 2 first place finishes in the series to win the Cruiser fleet.
Registration for the LLSC Keelboat events is up. Go to http://www.llsckeelboat.com/registration.html.
The picture below is proof I was in front of the J-90 (blue spin), for a while anyway.
See you at the Dogwood, April 1-3.
What a pleasant surprise these last two weeks of February have been. I would have forgotten it was winter if it weren’t for the morning temperatures. The Whitecapper one day Regatta was on Sat. February 19th with 50 degree temperatures and the wind that was not quite whitecapping. Race committee of Robert Burke and volunteers managed to get 3 races for both fleets on Saturday.
It seems that almost every race we have had during this Winter season, showcases a new boat. This regatta was no different. We are very proud of our new J-24 fleet member of Brad Bowers and his boat #555. Brad has been crewing on J-24’s and the J-90 for a couple of years, so look out for him and his bright white boat.
We were also lucky that our famous/infamous webmaster and photographer was out on the point taking pictures. I have included many of the photos that he took. To see more, go to https://www.localflavorphotography.com/llsc-whitcapper-220219
Look forward to seeing everyone at the Dogwood Regatta, April 1-3.
This was a race that started with a bang and ended in a whimper. But this was not the outstanding feature of the race. The outstanding feature of this race came afterwards at the LLSC clubhouse when Greg Fisher and Greg Griffin did a comprehensive talk about sail trim. They followed every competitor at some point in the race and took video of each boat’s performance and made suggestions on the video on the boat’s sail trim. They talked about a few boats and did an excellent job of how each of us could improve and specific details on how to determine if we have our boat sails trimmed fast. They will be making all videos and comments available on their website and will send us a link to these videos (this might take a week or two). But I will definitely send that information to you ASAP.
The race course was originally set at 8.3 nm, but we ended up having to Short Finish (SF) at X mark which made the course 6 nm (or 5.96). But the fun is still the order of the finishes, though they don’t reflect the corrected times because the wind didn’t allow us to complete the entire course. The Results links above have the corrected times based on the shorter course that we ended up sailing.
Next race will be the Whitecapper Open Keelboat regatta on Saturday February 19th. The fee for the Whitecapper (Feb 19), PHRF Championship race (June 4 )and the 1064 (Nov 19) are included in the Wednesday night and weekend registrations.
Our first race day will be this Saturday, and we will have multiple races which will be scored that day with awards given that afternoon. The first race will start at 11:30 am and for this first race the RC will have fleet splits as well as the course listed on the whiteboard on the back of the RC. Come and join us on this beautiful winter day.
If you think you will sail during this series, please email(email@example.com) by midnight on Friday. On this first race day of the series, we will need to determine the fleet splits.
A big thanks to Pete Winham and Fred Kempner for setting up the course for this exceptional race day.
As race time got closer the sun peeped out and I no longer felt the cold (maybe it was the adrenaline rush) and surprisingly the wind picked up and began to do it’s Lake Lanier shift dance. As we sauntered down leeward leg of the race course from D to E, it wasn’t always easy to determine whether to fly the spinnaker or not. This was a great day to have a fleet in front of you because the wind shifted back and forth from west to southwest so often that you really had to be on your toes or you missed a shift and got left behind. This was a tough race on the jib trimmer.
Attached are the results by fleet, but the fun of a pursuit race is the order of the finishes. Take note of the (new) boats in our fleets.
***GREAT NEWS- We have an exciting opportunity for everyone that wants to improve their sailing performance.
Brent McKenzie has invited a couple of top sailors in dinghys and keelboats to watch our performance in the next LARC race on February 12. See the flyer below:
Dear Lake Lanier Sailors
You are invited to two on the water coaching sessions February 12th and 13th hosted by Greg Fisher and Greg Griffin of Evolution Sails South Atlantic.
Greg and Greg will watch the LARC race on Saturday, focusing on sail trim, tuning and the challenging shifty inland lake sailing we all enjoy! They will shoot video of every boat and then share their thoughts and suggestions, and answer any questions, with LL sailors back at the club after racing (we’ll notify timing at the finish via radio). If the weather is not inviting, or sailable, they will be prepared to do a presentation for us all on trim, tuning and inland lake sailing 4:30pm-6:30pm.
Greg Fisher and Greg Griffin are both excellent sailors, both Thistle National Champions, well versed in sail trim and tuning in all boats from Thistles up to 50 footers. They are anxious to help and share their knowledge and experience. If you have any specific questions or suggestions, they urge you to reach out! Come join and enjoy!
Greg Fisher firstname.lastname@example.org 410 212 4916
Greg Griffin email@example.com 904 226 077
Look forward to seeing everyone on Feb. 5 for the Hot Ruddered Bum at UYC
Not exactly the start of the sailing season I was looking for. The temperatures I was prepared for but the threat of rain was too much for many people. You noticed I said the threat of rain, though it did rain briefly at the start of the race it didn’t last long.
But no matter the conditions, there were those that were eager for the racing to begin to test their new boat against the competition. We had a record number of new boats out for this first race; Dan McGraw was out in his new Hobie 33, Dark Star; Kent Rogers was sailing his new trophy boat, C&C 99 Slingshot; Robert Jones was sailing his Columbia 8.7, Slapit and Jim Rapp has hung up his Colgate 26 for a Beneteau First 305.
A big thank you to Edith Collins, Dale Owens and the rest of the UYC gang that provided us with our first opportunity to race in 2022.
Happy New Year, Dana
What a build up to the end of the Wednesday night race season. This next to last Wednesday night race was everything we expect from a Fall race. It was whitecapping in areas as we went out to the race course, but as predicted it settled down to a nice breeze with gusts that kept us on our toes this evening. As usual for an easterly wind, it was shifty and made you pay close attention to what was going on around you. You missed an interesting spectacle if you didn’t get to watch the start of the Low PHRF fleet. It was a lot of fun to watch.
As usual our race committee of David Jackson, Warren Collier, Christian Koerner, and Mary Lyons did an excellent job setting up a course and shortening some of the fleets just at the right time.
Thanks to Will Brown and Mary Lyons for setting up the meal and making sure the kitchen was clean. Next week will be chili and dogs.
Next Wednesday will be our last evening race of the 2021, but don’t forget the Encore awards celebration on Wednesday, Oct 20 starting about 6pm.
Attached is the Race results and the overall fleet standings.
See you on the race course, Dana
Waaa-hooooo was heard all over the race course this evening as everyone welcomed this new weather pattern that blew in after our week of rain. I heard a lot of talk about whether we were going to get wet this evening and then instead of putting on their foul weather tops (as usual) they put on their foul weather bottoms. This was going to be a different weather condition than the previous night.
A big thanks to our recurring and excellent race committee on Wednesday night. I don’t know what they had to sacrifice to the wind gods to get the abundance of wind last night, but I think they overdid it!! Thank you to David Jackson, Warren Collier, Mary Lyons (excellent job on getting it all down on paper), Christian Koerner, Blaine McCaleb, and Ted Sheldon for a creative race course.
Wednesday night dinners get better and better each week, thanks to our culinary specialist, Will Brown, and his team. Will wants me to announce that dinner will be served for an hour after the last boat finishes, after that then seconds will be offered to those discerning sailors.
Will has also announced the upcoming menu. Next week (#3) will be a potato bar with all types of creative fixings (I can’t wait to hear, “I never thought of putting that on a potato”), week #4 will my famous lasagna (straight from the recipe on the box), and then week #5 will be Will Brown’s famous chili and the many things you can put chili on. Get your stomach ready for some culinary treats.
I would like to congratulate some new race winners this week, Mike Harrington in High Cruiser and Patrick Vrana in the Mid PHRF fleet.
I hope I see you at the LARC race on Sunday, skip meet at 11am Aqualand. Dana
I think the thing that stood out in this race besides the gorgeous day and very shifty wind was the start. Normally a pursuit start is pretty relaxed because almost everybody starts at a different time but today there were a lot of people in the starting area long before their starting time and there seemed to be a lot boats trying to sail in the same small area. It was the trickiest start I have experienced in a pursuit race and lots of fun. As we raced to “C”, it looked like we were all going to round “C” to starboard at the same time. From the comments made after the race, there was some contretemps at the windward mark, but once the spinnakers were up, the fleet started to spread out and raced to E.
A big thanks to Tedd Meinersmann and the BFSC for getting us started on this gorgeous Fall afternoon. We had a record number of boats that came out to enjoy this second race of the series. The next race will be on Sunday Oct 17 sponsored by UYC.
Here is the order of the finishes, Note we have a new boat on the lake, Slingshot a C&C 99, owned by Kent Rogers. Congratulations Kent.
Attached is the results according to fleet. I might mention that the scores would have been done earlier, but several people were unsure of their finish time.
See you on the race course, Dana
“I’m singing in the rain, I’m sailing in the rain, what a glorious feeling I’m happy again” (probably a misquote, but I had you singing, didn’t I); now you know how it felt to be sailing in this lovely wind IN THE RAIN. There was a lot of splashing and dripping and collisions and marks that were flattened at the finish (you know who you are) in this first race of the fall Wednesday night series called Encore.
A super big thanks to our temporary culinary specialist, Jonathan Stewart, for the excellent Shephard’s pie (or Cottage pie to those purists), garlic bread and salad. We saw several visitors at the guest dock and was excited at the attendance on this rainy evening.
Thanks to our rainy day race committee of David Jackson, Warren Collier, Mary Lyons, Christian Koerner, and Jim Failmezger. It is difficult and easy to do RC in the rain. Difficult because of the rain many boats did not have sails up until necessary and others were using different sails than #’s than what was registered and of course easy because that had SHELTER.
Having said that, I have a number of sail #’s reported by RC, that I have no record of. Please contact me if you were using one of the sail #’s listed here: (1) sail # 42178 (2) 541 (3) 721
Attached are those that I have identified so far.
See you on the race course, Dana
A big thanks to Jim Chambers who provided our Pursuit course and even took a Postponement and Abandonment flags on his boat (just in case). The weather leading up to this weekend was excellent and I hoped it would continue. But I personally think the “Thistle” fleet, who had a regatta this weekend, didn’t pay the wind gods enough money and the wind cooperated enough for them to finally get a race completed (for those patient enough) on Sunday morning. But we were fortunate that by our start time of 1pm, we had a nice little wind that started to kick up in the vicinity of B and those of us with our sails up, raced to X which was our SF-short finish mark at 2pm. David Pope, in his Ultimate 20 (single-handing, smart man), managed to NOT make it by the SF time and we all sighed with relief that the race was over. We had gotten lucky to ride one of Lake Lanier’s wild wind patterns to short finish this race.
Attached is the order of finishes (I think part of the fun of a Pursuit race is chasing down the boats ahead of you).
David Pope- Ultimate 20-Orbit
Dana Stewart- She-Devil
Walter Addison- Reckless
Jim Chambers- Wind Spinner
Spencer Gay- Revelry
David Jackson- Your Move
Kathy Paes- Taka
Because the start times are based on longer distances, the corrected times for each boat in his/her fleet is attached:
Our next Fall race will be sponsored by BFSC on Sunday Sept 26.
Look forward to seeing you on the race course, Dana
Future: The Encore series begins Wednesday Sept 15, with Cruiser start at 6:15 and Fleet 1 start at 6:30. This series is included in your Wednesday night registration. We will have meals every week and an awards party on Wednesday Oct. 20.
Jonathan Stewart will be acting as our temporary resident chef this week and will be preparing Shephard’s Pie. Please come join us after the race for some great meals. Again, we welcome everyone that docks elsewhere to stop at our courtesy docks and join us for dinner at the clubhouse.
Past: We had a great awards dinner last week along with the trophy ceremony and the great music provided by Ben Rogers. It was a wild night starting with a nice storm brewing in the vicinity. We were served a fantastic meal by Greg Cash and Darryl Lanier along with many other volunteers, a big thanks to all these volunteers that made this such an incredible meal and cleaned the kitchen to my mother’s standards.
Warren did an excellent job as our moderator as well as the 3 Vanna’s, Heather, Terra and Ann, who passed out the trophies as well as the sail bags that were donated by Hunter Riddle of Schurr Sails filled with coozies.
The theme of this series of trophies was “This is beer can racing”. Winners won Rtic cups and Rtic soft coolers along with a case of beer (as close as I could get) to the Fleet Champions.
Congratulations to all the winners and a big thanks to all skippers and crews that made this an exciting sailing season with the best attendance in many years.
Look forward to seeing you on the race course, Dana
Results by Month
Results by Year
Dana Stewart | She Devil