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Five seconds separate Likety from TeeSou after a grueling two hours plus race in light wind. With a commanding lead of 10′ at the reaching mark , Likety Split was looking really good for the finish but TeeSou shaved 5′ at the bottom of the triangle and caught them at the top of the sausage but had to give room at the mark as Likety was within the two boat lengths. Both spinnakers went up and a battle of “catch each other wind” ran the whole mile down with a final push by Likety Split to claim victory. Also worth mentioning Run A way finishing just ahead of the racers but way behind Flying Low author of a clean round the buoys course.
Long distance race with a nice 20 deg wind shift brought an interesting finish to the race. Likety split was first to rounding the weather mark closely followed by Flying low and TeeSou. Likety on a screaming beam reach crossed the finish line in first position , while TeeSou shaved 3 minutes of the 4 minutes deficit under spinnaker to no avail and Flying closed in third.
Four boats braved the steep waves of the inlet to race the intended two laps course : Sea buoy to NC weather buoy and back. Wind well established from the East at 15 gusting to 20 kn. Swell was between 3 to 4 ft with the occasional 5ft. For the first time of the season TeeSou changed the genoa for the 100% blade with Likety split following shortly after. No change on the cruising boats as they were ready for condition favoring their size. Rough ride indeed to reach the first mark ( 1 hour for 3 miles for the first boat) as the gusts went one notch higher to 25kn . It was decided to shorten the race to one lap . Bohemian Blue retire from the race due to steering problem but was able to return home safely.
Two races in light air. Run A Way pull 2 upsets while the racers are even at the end of the day. Next June 15 & 16 is the Gov’s Cup Saturday ( 3 races if possible) and Sunday (1 race). See you on the water