A Night to Remember
Race Committee sure worked hard for their credit this week. We had 3 course changes to deal with the almost 60 degree shifts that occurred during the starting sequences and then add moving the barge twice while having difficulty getting the anchor to hold can be quite a challenge. Add to that the weather starting to do somersaults; first rain, then no wind and then a 10+ breeze appears at the start of the last fleet and this was a challenging night for Mike Iuvone, Paul Stouffer, Jeff Lehman, and Scott Merewether (spell?) and I applaud their tenacity. The weather certainly did not cooperate and then the “piece de resistance” as they are busily trying to finish the race a thunderstorm rolls up. Fortunately all the boats that sailed the proper course and went through the shortened course gate, completed their race before the lightning struck.
There were a lot of lessons to be learned from this night. One of the most important was to double check the course board before your start sequence, the lead boat of your fleet is not always going to the correct mark and the weather forecast is usually not correct.
We had some great competition tonight and this was a night where several factors were in play for those top finishers. In the Cruiser fleet, Tween’r and Beau Gust finished at the top of their fleet. Lamorak finished first in Melges 24 with only 2 second between 2nd place Fellowship and 3rd place Uncle! Uncle!.
The Low PHRF fleet had a winner when Wave Bye SR crossed the line and in the Mid PHRF fleet the competition was fierce when Sotally Tober finished first, but 2nd and 3rdplace went to instant Karma and Perpetual Motion with only 20 seconds between them. Does that help or hurt when your wife beats you in a race? ( Love you guys :) ) Finally the last to finish, but the closest in finish times was the High PHRF fleet. The top 3 boats finished within 20 seconds of each other with Breeze taking first (curse you Red Baron), Hawkeye with a second (welcome back Tom Graham) and silly Billy the Cat taking a third. Then the next 5 boats were within 20 seconds of each other. Awesome sailing and difficult for RC.
It was definitely a night to remember and I applaud the RC for their supreme effort.
Upcoming races: Race 2-3 on July 22, Race 2-4 on July 29 and Moonlight #3 on Sat Aug 1.
See you on the race course, Dana