Wednesday Night Series 2 Race 5 August 5, 2020
After the Tornado
What a way to start the week, we were hit by a “tornado” or massive winds that swept eastern part of the lake. I think Aqualand took the biggest hit but LLSC and Holiday Marina also had some damage. We all banded together to help our dock neighbors and friends and managed to get most of the boats out for the race. Unfortunately, our friends on Snowfox and Breakaway suffered the most damage at Aqualand and because of the shifting of several Aqualand docks several boats were prevented from participating in the race. But as always, through pandemic and extreme weather, we carry on.
The Cruiser fleet had a new winner this week in David Wright on Sails Call after their fleet was postponed (due to lack of wind), they moved to the back of the starting order. The Melges 24 fleet once again proved they were competitive spirit by earning a general recall and were also sent to the back of the starting order. But once started, Davis Macleod swam to the 2nd place spot in this race.
In fleet 2, Mike Macleod and John McCarthy are battling for control of their fleet and Mike (with his new top batten) came out on top this night. We had a new winner in the Mid PHRF fleet when Stefan Schulze finished close enough to correct to first place, but it is amazing that the first FOUR boats in their fleet finished within a sixteen (16) second period of time. Good thing RC were on their toes this night.
There was some trouble determining whether there was an individual recall for the troublemaker fleet (fleet 4), but a request for redress ended up exonerating those boats. Tom Graham and Mark Turner managed to squeeze in between the Stewart sandwich which had dominated the fleet and sailed to 3rd place.
The racing rules questions for this week is:
“What are the rules for 2 boats on the same tack at the starting line?”
Let’s look at this example and determine who is right?
A J-24 is approaching the starting line as the windward boat on starboard and a Wv-24 is accelerating to leeward of the J-24 also on starboard. As the Wv24 approaches the J-24 to leeward, he begins hailing the J-24 “go up, don’t come down”. If the J-24 clear ahead, then what is her response or responsibilities at that time? Will it change when the Wv24 achieves overlap?
The answers to this and last week’s question will be on the LLSC Keelboat facebook page.
See you on the racecourse, Dana