No Gas 2013: From Calm to Carnage

I only sailed the first day of the No Gas Regatta (with Rick & Lisbet) and Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day — about 8-10 kts of consistent breeze for most of the day with flat water.  We did fairly well on Team Sinistra, with a couple of top-10 finishes in the 18 boat fleet (a fleet filled with some rock stars, no less).  A brief spell of rain and a calm spot came through the race course during the third race, but it quickly passed and overall we had a sunny day and a great afternoon and evening for celebrating after the racing and for the Olivia Constants Foundation Fundraiser & Celebration.

It sounds like day 2 of the regatta was a much different matter.  Text message reports from Lisbet, who stayed to sail with Gary Hurban (along with Jess Harrington) keep using the words “carnage” and “mayhem.”  Apparently Gary, Jess, & Lisbet capsized on the way to the racecourse amidst very breezy and puffy conditions, and opted not to race (as did a number of other boats).  I hear reports that Steve Constants turtled and broke his mast, and that one crew member from a different boat was taken to the hospital with hypothermia concerns, but is OK.  I hope everybody is safe, sound, warm, and dry now!

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