It turned out to be a beautiful day for sailing, with NW breezes at 5-10 kts or so and, eventually, some sunshine breaking through the clouds (the sail home with the sun reflecting off of puffy clouds building over the river was literally picture perfect – evoking an Ansel Adams photo, as Rick aptly put it). The shifts were big, and tricky, and there were some gusts as well, but overall it was just the right mix of challenging and enjoyable!
Ten Lightnings came out to race, including new Lightning sailor Rick Mead & his son, as well as “nearly long lost” Fleet member Pat McGee (great to see you again, Pat!). Three more Lightnings were represented on the RC, which made for a fantastic fleet turnout overall. PRO Jeff Storck and his RC crew did a superb job running the races, and I’ve posted his summary from the RC perspective below. After the racing we enjoyed a deluxe BBQ thanks to brats and homemade mac salad provided by Linsday Bach (thanks Lindsay!).
Keep reading for Jeff’s description of the day as well as links to the scores and video from the day!
From PRO Jeff Storck:
It was a beautiful fall day that greeted us as we got boats ready for racing on Sunday. Sunny with puffy clouds that brought puffy winds. The breeze was mostly out of the Northwest 4-11kts with some gusts, but the shifts were big. From the Committee boat we noted that the big puffs came down from the north in a right shift, and the lulls sometimes came from due west. It looked like, for the most part, it paid to protect the right side for the puffs (Although sometimes that would prove to be a mistake). We set up a long WL course and got started on time. My course was maybe a bit too long since the race took just a little over an hour to finish. For the second race we shortened up, and maybe got it too short since that race was finished in about 35 minutes. So we adjusted once again splitting the difference and this time got it right, and got two more races at about 45 minutes each. We finished the last race down wind at the leeward mark to give the racers a head start for home. In all ten Lightnings (Add three more who were on RC for a season record thirteen Lightnings on the water), Four Albacores, Four Cats, and two Buccaneers came out to play on what might be the most beautiful day of the Fall Series. We also had two Lasers show up for the last race (177053 & 173175), which was won by 177053.
Video (link coming soon!)