If you didn’t come out to sail this past weekend then you missed out. The tide was in so there was plenty of water and we had breeze out of the east / south east with winds in the mid teens with some occasional higher gusts.
At the skipper’s meeting it was decided to start all of the classes together so we had 6 Lightning’s, 3 Albacores, and 2 Buccaneers all on the line at once. We also had some pick up crew, new crew and combining of crews to get boats out on the water.
PRO Yates Dowell set triangle courses to start with a long reach leg to length the course given the constraints of sailing across the width of the river when we have the predominant east or west winds. After racing three triangle races we finished the day with two Olympic races.
The reach legs were fast and several times the boat felt like it was close to a plane even with only the job and the main. I watched several Albacores take off on the reaches. The tight reach and the shifts and the puffs made several of us cautious about flying the spinnaker but on several of the legs we were not overly disadvantaged by choosing not to.
Jon Van Voorhis had a great start on race 4 with his port tack from the pin end.We will have to keep our eye on Jon. We missed having Nabeel out because of the arrival of his first grandchild but expect to see him out next week. Congrats Nabeel!
We had several new crew come out and sail with various fleet members who I hope to see out racing again including Bianca sailing with Jim and Lisa Marie, Melissa sailing with Jon Van Voorhis and Will Phillippe, Miranda and Michael sailing with Bob Gotthardht, and Chris sailing with Bob Astrove and Ed Lane. If you have been thinking about checking out PRSA you should contact a fleet member or come to the cranes on Sunday morning about 9 AM at Washington Sailing Marina.
Overall, it was just a great day to be out racing and sailing. The long range forecast for Spring Series 3 is looking good so everyone should plan to be out racing.