Let me start this with a plea for registered skippers to sign up for race committee for the next 3 races. We have a lot of experienced sailors and potential race committee teams, please do your part in making this a successful series. We can’t have a race without race committee. If you are inexperienced but interested in learning, contact Jonathan Stewart (770-598-4346) and he might be able to pair you with an experienced team. The view of a race from the RC barge (in this case the Jr barge) is always awesome and sometimes scary. Awesome is when everyone completes their course, don’t hit the race committee (I am talking to you, Melges 24 fleet) and comes across the finish line one at a time. But scary is always a possibility.
After all the fleets got started (just one small hiccup), it was time to look around and see what the weather was going to do. Considering the almost daily storms we have had for the last couple of weeks, it would be smart to watch the weather radar and shorten the course before the weather gets nasty. After looking around and seeing the sky (see picture from Otis Sisk on Iniki above), I started to keep one eye glued to the weather app on my phone and one on the 8 fleets that were sailing. In the end, I decided that making fleets 1-4 sail the last 1.5 of their course might put them in the storm. A big thank you to race committee members of Anne Howard, Heather Temske, Doug Early, Claire Bean, Michael Lenkeit and Klaus.
We had some very exciting finishes and great performances in the fleet this Wed night. In the EXTREMELY competitive Mid PHRF fleet, Sotally Tober finished 2nd place while Iniki finally put on her hurricane cloak and finished first in the exceptionally fast Low PHRF fleet. The Melges 24 fleet had some remarkable finishes with the first boat, Premature Acceleration, finishing over 1 minute in front of the next 3 boats with only 12 seconds between 2nd and 4th place. That is a tough fleet which means fleet members have lots of room to grow.
An exceptionally warm thank you goes to Wheeler Sutton and all those worked to produce a fine meal for after the race this week. Watch the LLSC keelboat facebook page for updates from Will Brown on upcoming meals. I know he has great plans for the awards dinner.
See you on the race course, Dana
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