Once again, congratulations to race committee for getting one more race completed in this series. The wind has been quite a challenge and this race committee did a great job. This was a different race for every fleet. We had some incredible wind shifts. Everybody started with a weather leg to D and the spinnakers went downwind to F. For most of us, that was when the race course shifted on its axis. As we rounded F and prepared to go upwind, suddenly it was a beam reach and if you were the fastest getting your spinnaker up (again!), then you had the jump on your fleet.
Thanks to RC members; Linda Hoopes, JLillian Gray, Dona Cardenas, John, Sean, Mike Kenna, Jill Spisak and a new LLSC member Erick Worster for doing such an excellent job on RC this evening. We were all very appreciative that the course for fleets 1-4 was shortened.
It is impressive that Generation Z in the form of Davis Macleod, Parker Thran, Kyle Meyhoefer and Ga Tech sailors are starting to dominate the Wednesday night races. Davis and his team grabbed the top spot in the Melges 24 fleet this week, while Parker and his team took a 2nd place in the Mid PHRF fleet, Kyle has won 4 of the last 6 races in the High PHRF fleet and the Cole Woerner/Roberto Martelli and the Ga Tech team have been stomping all over the J-24 fleet with 2 wins in the newly refurbished Balance Point.
Darryl Lanier won the Low Cruiser fleet this week after three 2nd place finishes, while Bill Overend sailed to 2nd place in the High Cruiser fleet. Jeff Freeman and Mike Macleod duked it out with Jeff barely finishing 4 corrected seconds in front of Mike. She-Devil sailed to first place in the very competitive J-24 fleet, while we had a new “22”, a Lindenberg, take the top spot in the High PHRF fleet, great job Tedd Meinersmann.
One other comment I will make about the race, we now have 58 boats registered for Wednesday night races. We usually have an average of 45 boats sail each week, so it is likely that there will be times you will meet or overtake boats from another fleet. Please be aware of the boats in your fleet. When you meet a boat on the race course from another fleet, think about whether it is necessary to cause them to lose a place in their fleet because of your actions.
Also, RC is doing a good job of making announcements on the radio as a courtesy, so please make sure you take this extra bit of caution by making sure your radio is on at all times. Announcements on the radio are nice, but the flags are the only signals that count.
Hopefully I will see you and your favorite honey on Saturday, for the first of 3 Moonlight races.
Who do you think is going to win this race, David or Goliath? Have fun, Dana
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