The Accompanying Lighting
To abandon a race, is as disappointing to the race committee as it is to all those that made the mad dash from their job to the lake for a little relaxation called racing! There are many reasons to abandon a race, but RC on this night was extremely justified in their decision. RC could have ignored the bands of rain that came through while we diehards were on our way to X mark, but they could not ignore the accompanying lighting strikes in Cumming. I thought John McCarthy and crew (Randy Baker, Ken Blankenship, Doug Early, Ann Early, William Ruland and Tim Thompson) did an excellent job of assessing the situation and making the appropriate call for this evening.
Of the seven times we have ventured out to the race course, we have only been able to complete four races. We now have only have 3 more races before the end of this second series. As we put on our rain jackets heading to the race course, I was noting what other boats had braved the rain and weather on the chance that there would be a race. Obviously these were the boats that were in contention for one of the top spots in their fleet or they were the CRAZY ones (like us).
What was impressive was there were more boats in the Melges 24 fleet that went out, than any other fleet. That tells me that this fleet is a bunch extreme sailing enthusiasts or one of the most competitive bunch of people we have on the lake.
Just a reminder that the Encore Wed night series begins on Sept. 16, the Wed immediately following Race 10 of Series 2. Please notify Randy Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself of your intent to join us in the Encore series asap so that fleet splits can be determined.
More information on upcoming events of the Fall calendar coming soon.
Looking forward to more wind and less lightning next week, Dana
Dana Stewart 404/849-1809