Sixteen boats turned out for the SSA No Gas Regatta in Annapolis for two days of great racing in Annapolis. We had great Fleet 50 participation, with Nabeel (sailing with Chandler Owen, Russ Roberts, and Jeff Witten), Lisa-Marie Lane (sailing with Jim and Molly-Lynn Westrate), Aaron crewing for Rick Welch (along with Kin Ellot), and Bruce Heida (crewing for Greg Kelly)
The breeze was up a bit early on Saturday morning as we all rigged, but things settled down to a pretty steady 12-14 by the time we were racing. We had some good runs in the first race with plenty of hiking and then things stabilized out a bit for 3 more great races, with the breeze tailing off towards the end of the 4th race such that we were stripping off foul weather gear as we headed back to the marina (see the fantastic photo from Ted Morgan, below, and more regatta photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm18qtfY).
Sailing with Rick and Kin we made a concerted effort to have a plan for the first leg off the start (direction to go, when/whether to tack) and we did a fairly good job of executing that plan in most races. Competition was tight in a very talented fleet, though, and an OCS in race 1 didn’t help our overall position after day 1. Nonetheless, we had a blast, went fast, and enjoyed some great bbq & beer at SSA after the racing.
The breeze was forecast to be lighter on Sunday and that forecast held true, with winds in the 8-10 range for most of the day. We again really focused on a plan, and on looking up the course for shifts and pressure. We managed to get a few things right for some decent finishes (a 4 and a 6 among them) on Day 2. After three races we were back on shore toasting the leaders and celebrating another No Gas (one with 7 races and very little power boat chop!) in the books. Full results are posted here: http://www.lightningclass.org/racing/results/2017/noGas.asp. A great regatta all around, and great to have good Fleet 50 participation!