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
Race 1 canceled in a dying NW wind before a rotation to the South at 9 kn in Race 2. Congratulation to TeeSou and Run A Way in their respective classes.
Next outing is the boats parade, where boats round a mark anchored of Boulineau beach, Cherry Grove ( 12 miles round trip). Staggered start with the slower boat first. A lot of fun, catching the boat in front and leaving behind boat starting after you. Grand prize for the biggest fish caught, bragging right for the first one to finish and many more
First race of the season with 6 boats showing on the starting line. Premiere for most of participants : TeeSou new sails, Scott and his new boat “Full moon fever”, Breck with new club members, Bill on Flying Low and the sailing school showing an impressive control of the cruising fleet, and Time in a bottle first race ever!