In my own defense, at 6pm the wind came from the NW (A mark) and there was no indication that there would be an 180 degree shift in the wind. What a surprise when I arrived at X mark 2 hours later to find we were going to start downwind. I wondered if anyone was thinking dark thoughts about whoever (me) set up this racecourse.
Even though we had little wind all day, as the sun started to set we finally started to have a little breeze, just enough to tease us into thinking we had a race going. But once again, Lake Lanier in its usual fashion, played a trick on us. We had just enough wind to make it to A mark and then the wind shut off. Fortunately for Davis Macleod, he had managed to slip around the mark before the wind completely died and took off for F. While the rest of us struggled to get around the first mark.
I would have paid money to see a recording of the encounter of the BIG red boat, Breakaway, and the little J-24. A lot of “no steerage”, “starboard”, “no room at the mark” and anything else we could think of was bandied about between these and other boats during this very slow mark rounding.
I hope everyone enjoyed the gorgeous red sunset as we drifted to the first mark. And those that were drifting back to F, were rewarded with the exciting fireworks display by Margaritaville.
Thanks to everyone that shared this wonderful moonlit evening.
Next race will be Sat June 19. I will send a reminder early in the week and ask for info for those interested in racing.
See you on the race course, Dana
The order of the finishes were: