Special thanks to our race committee of Mike Stewart, Rachael Green, Jeff Lehman, Doug Early, Mike Wroblewski, Mike Krantz and Rebecca Barkley. They had a very easy time on the barge tonight (if you call finishing 40 boats easy) with winds the stayed a pretty steady 6-8 knots and if you were lucky you found the couple of spots that had a little more pressure (they were few and far between).
We had a strong east wind that sent us to “T” mark and we needed to use all of our knowledge of the cove to make to the windward mark in front of our competitors. Though we still had quite a few motorboats and a couple of monster boats fly through our course on the way to “D”, we had enough wind to push through their wakes.
Just a reminder to please limit radio calls to RC during the race except for notifying them of your retirement or if you need assistance. Please familiarize yourself with RC flags and their meaning. It would also help RC keep track of finishers if you do not cross the start/finish line after you have finished.
I would like to congratulate Captain Dangerous for staying on the boat this week and I would also like to congratulate the winners of series 1.
Low Cruiser- Bailey White
High Cruiser- Kurt Schurenberg
Small sport- Brent McKenzie
Tony Cellamare/Ben Harbin
Low PHRF- John Guy/Jonathan Stewart
Mid PHRF- Jim Kingery
High PHRF- Kyle Meyhoefer
LLSC Jrs/Damien Beisner
Trophies will be given for Series 1 and 2 on Wed. September 8, 2021. We will have food and music at the LLSC Clubhouse that evening.
Look forward to seeing you on the race course, Dana
A big thanks to race committee members Mike and April Macleod, Davis Macleod, Melissa Meyhoefer, Brad Busker, Dave Lewis, Dan Dashell, and Tina for all the hard work needed to complete this last race of Series 1.
This night was all about paying attention to the details. Every square foot of every leg had dozens of shifts. When you are the last fleet to start, you get to watch all the other fleets start and watch their tactics going upwind. You could tell that this was a challenging evening for racers when you see 3 boats on the same tack but all pointing at extremely different compass headings. You hope you pick the line that gives you the most favorable shifts (if there was one).
Take a look at the final scores for Series 1 and answer the following questions:
I look forward to seeing everyone next week for the first race of series 2. Dana
Thanks to the race committee team of Darryl Lanier , Tom Graham and company for finding a way to complete a race this night. This was a difficult night for RC, storms all week, inconsistent winds, and a difficult wind direction. These are all challenging factors for any race committee team.
This race committee team sent us to B, which seldom is used. It made for an interesting race and despite the short distance of .38 nm, you still had to deal with tricky wind and the usual Lake Lanier shifts. But it seemed like one of the most important factors in winning this race was being able to navigate through all the traffic on this short course.
It was unfortunate that the Melges 24’s rounded the leeward gate just as the High PHRF was about to start. Those that started at the pin end of the starting line had to compete with the boats who were rounding the leeward gate. And then once you made it past the starting line, then you had to deal with the oncoming Low PHRF fleet. In the end, we all needed to brush up on our Rules of the Road.
The race to be the fleet champion has been heating up and it looks like we will have some new faces on the podium at the Series I and II awards ceremony on Wed. Sept. 8 at 7pm at the LLSC clubhouse.
Next week will be the last race of Series 1 and Series 2 will begin the next week. We will have the first and second races of Series 2 and then we will have a break on July 7th and will resume racing with race #3 on Wed July 14.
See you next week, Dana