Report by Mike Baldacchino
started with a BYOB get-together that happened to coincide with the
monthly "meet and greet" the WCSC puts on with beer, wine and
hors d'oeuvres. Invited to a great party to start an interesting
weekend! We talked about the 35+ mph winds that were forecast for
Saturday and the 0 mph winds for Sunday.
Nature didn't disappoint us! All of us were standing on the dock
wondering who was going to be the guinea pig to go out in the 18-22 mph
gusting to 32+ mph winds. If one went, we all would go.
Even the race committee watched as Jim Cook bit the bullet and
reached out from the dock into the lake where he was summarily knocked
down and turtled. The water temperature was reported to be 58
degrees! He made it out OK.
The Race Committee
put up the postponement flag and then abandoned racing for the day
later in the afternoon, as the winds built higher. Some of the
local club members volunteered to take us out in the afternoon and
evening on some cruisers and we partied on the lake late into the night
as the air slowly died to nothing. We came back in to campfires
in the campgrounds.
The RC moved the
start up to 9:00am hoping to get more races in, but the wind was 1-2mph
and we were towed out to the start line. As the shifty air started
to fill in to 3-5, we started the first race. Everyone had their
butts in the water on the lee side trying to eke out some boat-speed in
the dying and shifty winds. Mike Baldacchino won the first race
having more to put in the water.
The second and third
races got better as the wind increase to 6-8. Jonathan Few had a
great start at the pin end, and the rest of us chased him around the
course, to no avail. In the third race, the lead rotated as the
patches of shifty air crossed the course. Justin Annis managed to
come from behind on the last leg and beat Barry Klein at the finish.
For the wind
conditions, WCSC gave us a great fun regatta.