A gift for Poseidon
I had an interesting view from the Race Committee barge last Wed. While I was praying the wind would appear as I reluctantly set the anchor, I had a different perspective of the pre-race ritual that occurs before a race. To have 30 boats sailing around you was like having a swarm of bees circling the barge. I am sure they all had their best mind reader on the boat, trying to figure out what I was planning on doing. Of course what was going through my mind was “I don’t want to start a race in this!!” Jonathan’s rule of thumb, “3 knots for 3 minutes” kept running through my mind, but I was willing to compromise if SOMETHING came up. I kept looking at the wind anemometer on the barge and it continued to read 0.00. But then Doug Early dug into his pocket and found a SILVER DOLLAR and threw it into the lake. Like magic, wind conditions changed, we (Doug) hauled up the anchor for the second time and off we went to X. Now the sailors are no longer a swarm of bees, but a very sweet bunch of sheep following me around the lake, hoping for better conditions.
A big thanks to Doug Early for pulling up the barge anchor 3 times with no complaint and his helpers Heather Tempske, Terra Bowers and Annie Early. My wind finders and chase boat operators, Brian Clark and Brad Bowers, cruised the course looking for good photos/videos and for anyone that needed help. Speaking of video, they captured many of the boats rounding D mark but my favorite is where Hawkeye deftly rounds the windward mark in front of Bill the Cat (go J-24).
Fleet 4 made no trouble this night, they (as well as everybody else) were extremely happy with the wind conditions, just in time for the first fleet to start. The Cat managed to squeeze by the Red Baron by 3 corrected seconds and taking a first. But the best performance was by Kyle and his merry gang of GT’ers on the J-22 #533 as they finished 3rd over the line and corrected.
Fleet 3, Mid PHRF have had quite a series with Big Red (Your Move) and Perpetual Motion (after having to forego last week’s race because of inability to get his boat out of the marina), managed to place first and second in this race.
While Renegade beat the Hurricane by 33 seconds in the Low PHRF fleet, it was not enough to win this race. Unfortunately, Wave Bye SR had to retire because of main halyard failure. The Melges 24 fleet, had some improved performances this week when Rapscallion took the top spot while Fellowship and Hermes sailed into 2nd and 3rd place. Once again, no Melges 24 has won more than 1 race so far in this series. That is impressive competition.
The cruiser fleet survived the rounding of D mark with Caribbean Soul getting the gun at the finish, but Tween’r corrected to win his 3rd race of the series.
Answer to Rule Question 1, posted on the LLSC Keelboat facebook page.
The Answer to Rule Question 2, will also be posted on facebook.
We started Question 2 with 2 boats on the same tack, heading for starting line. The J24 was clear ahead and the Wv24 was clear astern.
Question 3: Both boats are still on the same tack, but now the J24 becomes overlapped to leeward by the Wv24. Rule 12 was in play while there was no overlap, but now there is an overlap, what rule or rules gives the Wv24 right of way?
Thanks to everyone who has done Race Committee work and I look forward to seeing everyone from the cockpit of my boat, Dana
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