Spring Series #8 – Out of the West

Spring Series #8 was a beautiful day to be outside on the water with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s. 8 Lightnings, 4 Albacores, 3 Cats, and 2 Buccaneers made it out for the last day of the spring series.

Thanks to PRO Len Guenther and the Lasers for managing to give us 4 Olympic races to cope with the winds mostly out of the west.

It was a challenging day on the river last Sunday. Having winds out of the west being channeled through Crystal City and over the airport meant continual shifts in direction and velocity. One constant was the performance of Team Sinistra who took first all day leaving everyone else to battle it out for second.

These conditions force you to stay focused to watch for the shifts and lots of tactical decision making on the shorter reaches to stick with the jib or to put up the spinnaker. It also means constant adjustments. I had the ratchets on the blocks on for the first race only to take them off for races two and three and then turn them back on for race 4.

At the dock at the end of the day Chris Kozel experienced a near miss when one the hooks on String Theory’s lifting bridle fell while lifting the boat out of water. Fortunately, the boat was barely out of the water when splashed back in. However, this is a good reminder of why we should never duck underneath the boat while it suspended by the crane and thel need to periodically check safety equipment.

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