Races 7 & 8 of our Fall 2011 Series will take place this Saturday and will bring an end to the series and the racing year. The race committee meeting will be on Dock C at 10:30 am. with racing to begin around noon.
Thanks to all club members that helped in making this a successful and safe year of racing. Special thanks to Ted Tlsty, Jeff Matthiae and Meryl Alexander for doing race committee this series.
Race 5&6 Recap:
Aquila, race committee boat, refused to leave the slip, so M&M came to the rescue. Ted can give you the funny details. As everyone headed to the race course, we were reading 15 to 20 knots of wind, with gusts in the mid-20's. The first race was an olympic course. Once all boats checked in, the count down started. With the wind building, all boats were on the starting line together. Tenacious won the start with the fleet right on her tail. With boats giving each other bad air, the fleet split soon after the start.
Tenacious got to the windward mark first with Journey close behind. On legs 2 and 3 we saw steady wind with all boats sailing close together. Leg 4 brought lots of action for Tenacious. After rounding the bottom mark, Tenacious hardened up on a port tack and headed toward the east side of the lake. After tacking onto starboard, Mark Alexander saw that the outer stays had come off the spreader. We pulled the sails down in seconds and were no longer in trouble. Journey came by and offered help. If Mark had not seen the problem, Tenacious would have lost her mast. He definitely earned the title, "crew of the day." With Tenacious out of the race and heading back in, both Hunter 30s were locked in a tacking duel. Journey won line honors (first boat to finish) while Ron and crew won the race.
The second race was shortened to a triangle course. The wind was still in the upper teens. Brenda Gail brought in some hot shot crew from the bay to race with him and won the start at top speed. Rocket Ron, on Honeycraft, was sailing smart for the day and after a couple legs took the lead form Brenda Gail. Journey finished with line honors once again with Honeycraft stealing the glory with wins in both races. Great racing, Honeycraft.
View the results at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AklpZDH_cwvedGJlNFRrdzBmWWd3NkdlRXpUZU9XWEE.
With only 2 races left, we have 4 boats still fighting for the silver. If you have any questions feel free to give me a call (919-880-0093 ) I will get to the lake by Friday afternoon if anyone need some help getting their boat ready for Saturday
Trim them sails,