A wonderful day on the water with lighter air and lots of sunshine. Got in 2 good races but the 3rd race did not materialize with not enough steady wind to pull it off. Congratulations to Championship Division winners Paul Abdullah and Alex Krumdieck and Challenger Division winners Harry Bernstein and crew. The prestigious Allan M. Douglas award for sportsmanship was awarded to Mark Taylor. Full results are now available here. Thanks to Sarasota Sailing Squadron for hosting and to Regatta... Read More
Well, the wind just doesn't want to quit. We waited patiently all day for a little lull from the 20-23 mph or so that was whistling by the club. Finally at about 2 Judy Hanlon decided it was dropping and we all trooped out. It was a lovely 11 knots or so as we arrived at the line and as the race committee set up. But it was a trick. After about 10 or 15 minutes the wind cranked up again, just as high as yesterday. Still, we were all game, but the committee boat anchor refused to hold. They had... Read More
After postponement until 14:00 due to too much wind, we went out and tried to get races in. The RC did all they could, however, the wind built and the RC boat's anchor was dragging. After one abandoned race, the wind just built too much and we went in. It was a beautiful sunny day on the water, so we still enjoyed the sailing. And we got to see the local manatee swimming around the sandbar in the bay - how cool is that?
Brian Hayes from North Sails started the day with a great video review of day 1 racing. Following that were wild times out on the bay today! We got one race in after a postponement and one race abandoned, there was a terrific race held. Some sailors did not go out, or came back in after going out, but those who stayed out got rewarded with a bit less wind 14-17 for most of the race. The boats were all sailing close together and competition was fierce. The last downwind leg had more wind,... Read More
After a weather postponement earlier in the day, we went out in 15-17 knot winds and finished the first 2 races of the regatta today. One general recall got everyone in line and we only heard starting horns after that! Everyone stayed upright, but one collision caused a dismasting. There were several other collisions as well with less damage resulting from those. Despite that it was overall a great day on the water after the bad weather earlier in the day. Super job... Read More