Mother Nature took a break this week and if your boat didn’t break in the last 2 races, you were extremely lucky. This series so far has been a challenge to racers and Race Committee alike.
Race Committee members Heather Tempske, Terra Bowers, Neil Harris, Alan Hudon, Maggie Royal and John Fredrico did an excellent job of getting 45 boats started, giving participants a square starting line, and a great course to sail (if I do say so myself). You will have to excuse the 3 horns that went off about 6:30, we were trying to change the setting on the Istart system and hit the wrong button.
Looking at a race from the RC’s perspective is quite an awe-inspiring sight, especially for RC members that are new to racing. My favorite picture was watching 15 cruisers cross the starting line. It would have been scary watching those huge 30 footers coming at you, if you were in something less than our sturdy LLSC barge (courtesy of Randy Baker and friends).
I am sure this race was a different challenge to everyone with the wind appearing at different times all over the race course. My biggest concern was D mark because it looked like everyone was going very slowly in that vicinity, but my chase boat reported that many of the cruisers and the Melges 24’s said “hello” to each other (politely) as these 2 fleets rounded the weather mark at the same time.
I want to give a “shout out” to everyone that thanked us for doing this task which keeps us from sailing. We tried to make it the best possible race for everyone. So gather together your crew and some of your friends to experience this job which gives you a different perspective of the complexities of running this race.
See you on the race course, Dana