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
All things come to he/she who waits and boy did we wait. It has been an incredible summer so far, 3 hurricanes in the area so far and little to no wind on several Wednesday nights. This has been the most unusual Wednesday night sailing season for many years. This last race was a tough night, one side had better pressure but the other side had better shifts. It was difficult if you chose the wrong side, but thrilling to be sailing in wind again.
A big thanks to our race committee who brought the wind and ended our season with a bang; Robin Terrell, Tricia Terrell, Chris Beisner, Damian Beisner, Dale Owens, Sophie Webster and Rick Smith. We appreciate everyone’s patience through this struggle to complete this 10 week series.
A quick note about the upcoming Wed Series 1 and 2 awards banquet. We will provide excellent food (thank you Greg Cash and Darryl Lanier), live entertainment (McCarthy will not be reading poetry, but we will have live music), and the most awesome awards, but this will be BYOB.
We were lucky enough to be given some great items by the sailmaker, Schurr Sails, to all registrants in the Wednesday night series (thank you Jonathan Stewart). So please make sure your boat is represented at the awards if you cannot be there. But I surely hope I will see everyone this Wednesday, it will be a great gathering and an opportunity to mingle with your fellow Wednesday night sailors/competitors that we haven’t had since 2019.
The other side of the coin is we still have to be vigilant about protecting ourselves, so let’s take whatever precautions necessary.
On Sept. 15, we will begin the 5 week Encore Wednesday night series. The cruisers will start at 6:15 and the rest of the fleets will start at 6:30. We will be sending the Encore SI/NOR on Tuesday.
For those of who knew Penny Chinik the following link will show you her obituary and information on services.
Penelope Eileen Pawling Chinik Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information (flaniganfuneralhome.com)
I look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday night, Dana
Thanks to Race Committee of Jim Rapp, Spencer Gay, Caden Bautten, Jim Failmerger, Norm Barnes and Tom Graham for their best efforts on this ninth night of the second series. We have one more race to go and there will only be one throw out for this series. The hurricane weather gave us some great sailing weekends (who expects that in July and August) but really disappointed us on Wednesdays.
I have a sad report, Jim Chinik owner of a Beneteau named Baiser Francais, one of the High PHRF fleet members, lost his wife to cancer on Saturday. Penny was a very supportive and an active member of the Keelboat fleet. We send our condolences to Jim on the loss of his wife who was a valued member of Lake Lanier Sailing Club.
Series 1 and 2 awards dinner/party at 6pm on Wed Sept 8
Encore series race #1 Wed Sept 15
LARC Fall series race #1 Sun Sept 12 with Skip Meet at 11am Aqualand store
Fingers crossed for the last race, Dana
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Dana Stewart | She Devil