There were fourteen sailors out racing on Feb 11th and they were rewarded with a beautiful day for sailing. Winds were a consistent 8 – 10 knots and temps in the high 70’s. It’s fantastic to see many new names on the score sheet this year. On the course were three JY 15’s, three Hunter 140’s and one Sidewinder. Yet another day ended up with a tie in total points for A Fleet, leaving the pair of firsts earned by Kurt and Gordon to break the tie for the day. In B Fleet we’ve got a couple rookies fighting for their place in the top three of 2018. Overall and very exciting day of sailing. Next race is March 11th.
If you’ve driven past Lake Baldwin on a Sunday afternoon, you’ve probably noticed the sailboats frequently on the water. For the first time open to the general public, The Sailing Club is hosting a community sailing day on Sunday March 4th, 1pm – 4pm at Lake Baldwin Park. This is a day where several of our experienced sailing instructors will be waiting to take you out for a quick introduction to sailing, free of charge. You’ll get 20 – 30 minutes of sailing in a JY 15 or Hunter 140 sailboat. The instructor will explain as much or as little about how the boat works as you’d like. There will be limited life jackets for you, but you may want to bring your own if you have them. Wear shoes and shorts that you don’t mind getting wet. Trips will be first come first serve, but we’d love to know if you’re planning to come. Email email@example.com
The June race began with all eyes on the horizon as thunderstorms were in the forecast. There were three rookie racers on the water as well as five of the usual suspects. It may have been the closest race in years with a three way tie for second place points and just two points separating first place. Penny and Rick showed how important it is to keep accurate time. After portsmouth corrections were applied, just one second separated second and third place. Because of the looming storm, the second race was shortened to just one lap. In a show of mercy, the rain arrived just as the gate was being locked up with all the boats properly stowed. From there the post-race activities were moved to the pavilion over at the dog park.
With the completion of the November race, the 2016 race series has also come to an end. Due to a cracked gudgeon and wind that would not cooperate, there was only one race completed on Sunday. The November results were:
First – Kurt Walker
Second – Penny Potter
Third – Rick Best
First – Brian McCallister
Second – Hal Morian
Third – Gordon Hogg
Fourth – Jeremy Leshin
Fifth – Art Welter and Natalie Eager