It was a beautiful weekend on Smith Mountain Lake.15 boats came from as far as upstate New York to race at Virginia Inland Sailing Association with Nabeel, Frank, and myself representing Fleet 50.
We left mid Friday afternoon when I picked the guys up from the Vienna Metro a little after 3:00. I attempted to go down 29 at Gainesville but by that time the afternoon rush had started so I diverted back to 66 to go down 81 to Roanoke. We stopped in Staunton at Mrs. Rowe’s so I could introduce Brian and Alex to some southern style cooking, the super saturated sweet tea, and of course the famous pies. We made it out to VISA later in the evening and after unhitching the boat enjoyed a few hours relaxing in the cockpit.
Saturday was the sun was out and a nice breeze of 10-12 with some higher gusts. We had 7 races between noon and 3:30 or so. It was the typical lake sailing with shifty and spotty winds. Frank started off great with two 3rd place finishes. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the 3rd race a port tacker did not seem Frank who was on starboard on the windward quarter of another starboard tack boat and T-boned Frank at full speed. Resistance Is Futile had to retire and spend the day watching the races from the veranda smelling the dinner cooking. Team Shadowfax had a second and the crew of 14376 managed a third in one of the races.
On Saturday evening we enjoyed some locally brewed beverages along with the 70 lbs of pulled pork and beef brisket that had been smoked sincee 5:30 Saturday morning. The cuisine alone is worth the trip down to VISA.
Sunday morning started still and cool which is great for camping but not so much for sailing. The postponement flag went up on shore at 9:30 as we sat on the veranda sipping coffee and eating bagels. At 11:00 the abandon flag went up. Hill Billy crystal (mason jars on pedestals) was handed out to the winners and we reluctantly hitched the boat up to head home after a relaxing weekend.