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(firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com 410 212 4916
Greg Griffin firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Results by Month
Results by Year
Dana Stewart | She Devil