One of the best ways to understand all the signals and horns you hear on a race course is to volunteer to do race committee. We had great weather conditions to train RC members on this evening and many of the volunteers had not seen a race from this perspective. I would like to thank my crew, Heather Temske, Terra Bowers, Ann Howard, and Neil Harris. I would also like to thank Leigh Ann Collier, Connor Flannagan, Greg Manning, Noah, Kathy, Maya, and Kelly for all their hard work.
I want to give a special thanks to our culinary specialist, Will Brown and his able UGA assistant, Rose Mazzotta. They had the dubious pleasure of cooking the first meal in the kitchen in almost 1 ½ years. They had to prewash everything, cook and then wash everything again. They served a fabulous meal of spaghetti with meat sauce, penne pasta with alfredo sauce, salad, garlic bread and cookies. I was very excited to see all the visitors at the guest docks that came to share the meal. I enjoyed seeing the many new faces. We will have brats and burgers in 2 weeks after race #5 on Wednesday, Aug 4.
I think most people were as surprised as me that we had such nice conditions this evening.
I felt like Mother Nature gave us a nice present. As we approached sunset the wind velocity increased, but then as soon as I began a starting sequence the wind direction began to clock in an easterly direction, turning my beautiful windward /leeward race course into a reach/ reach. I think the big decision of the night was whether and how long to put up the spinnaker. As so often happens, the wind conditions changed dramatically from the cruiser start to the start of fleet 4. But I was quite happy that rain or storms did not mar our enjoyable evening.
See you next week, Dana