by Robert Hunt
Check in will start at 8:30 a.m., first of five races will be at 10:00 a.m.., breakfast, lunch and adult beverages will be provided. This race is a FREE event.
by Robert Hunt
After 30 races the Summer Series came down to the last race on a light wind summer day. Paul won series, but the next three places were within 3 points during the last weeks of the series. Sandy and Burton tied for second, with Sandy taking second place because he beat Burton by 3
racespoints. Throw outs played a big part in the scores with many newer sailors making improvements/gains as they sailed competitively in many races with the good sailing weather this summer.
8/6/-2016 - We had 10 boats on the line in light wind conditions running only 2 races. In fact the 2nd race I had a butterfly (crazy I know) land on my tiller, then my arm and then shroud, staying with me though out the entire race. That’s light air!
8/13/2016 - Great day of racing Saturday, North shifty wind 5-10 and under 90° in August! If you didn't come out you missed out! We only had 7 boats on the line but it was awesome conditions with very tight racing in every race. I hope next Saturday will be as nice:-)
We had racing this past Saturday with about 10 Butterfly sailors out, nice in the morning but the wind seemed to dwindle and I think several of us bailed for the last race and I'm not sure if anyone went back out.
This blog is not about Saturday sailing. Sailboat racing is always fantastic just to be out on the lake with a great bunch of people and race committee out there taking care of us. Instead this blog is more about the art of capsizing and recovery. Unfortunately I am quite good at capsizing . . . but can't say too much about recovery. So, I'm inviting some comments of those who are better at recovery.
For capsizing I can say it happens in a variety of ways and my best chance of self recovering is if I can quickly jump over the high side out to the end of the dagger board and pop the boat back up, hopping in. An empty bottle at the top of the mast is very helpful in this situation as it may keep the mast on the top of the water. (A more elegant solution is the flotation panel that is sold specifically for the Butterfly.) If the mast sinks, it will most likely get stuck in the mud and just being on the dagger board will not help. Check it out. If Dave K. at his weight can't get the boat up, then it's unlikely you can either - which is when the committee boat has to come in and help.
Joyce in 2nd place on the 1st leg of the 2nd race. Way to go! We had another beautiful summer day with winds from the SSW at 5-10 mph with ten Butterfly sailors for at least some of the races. It was a nice day to sail and definitely cooler on the lake. Photo and video by Doug P. (Thanks!)
Paul, taking 2nd in the 2nd race, with Sandy, Jim, and Gary closing in on the finish line. As I remember it, in the 2nd race the east side had worked and Jim and I took advantage of it - with Jim leading several legs.
|3rd race - getting in place for the start - photo 1.|
|3rd race - getting in place for the start - photo 2.|
|Burton, Sandy, and Nancy - the race is on!|
|Paul Miller - won the open nationals with 6 straight wins.|
|Paul and Doug won lots of awards and everyone commented on how great they were sailing.|
|Nancy sailed great and took Top Woman and 12th place overall!|
|And they're off! Photo by Bowman.|
|Bowman and Frank on the committee boat setting the course - not that easy to do in light air. Thank you race committee!|
|Burton and Laurie getting their boats set up.|
|Burton looking pretty happy to be heading out for Butterfly sailing.|
|Joyce, ready to go!|
|Bob emptying his boat of water - Popeye, the sailor man!|
|Thanks to Martha for helping out on race committee for the first race of the Snipe Southwestern.|
|White Rock Lake - full of boats! Snipes heading out to the race course with Butterflys racing in the background.|
|Gary and Tom, hard at work on the finish line of the 1st race.|
|Heading out to the 1st race. The lake is crowding up.|
|Larry with his new sail.|
|Staying in the pressure during the 1st race.|
|Dallas United Crew. Looks like an orientation.|
|Sandy sailing by the radio controlled sailboat races at CSC.|
|Booming business at the kayak and SUP rental place.|
|Paul, lazily heading in at the end of the 3rd race.|
|Martha and Pam, all smiles, after capsizing a few times and Martha falling off the boat. These ladies are bold!|
|Paul and Sandy planing their way to the lee-ward mark.|
|Paul, in his element, with a big grin on his face.|
|Sandy, in 2nd place at the lee-ward mark.|
|Doug, in 3rd place on the 1st lap of the course.|
|Pam, demonstrating how to right a capsized boat.|
|The boat starts coming up!|
|Pam climbs right over the side and into the cock-pit.|
|Straightens out the lines and gets ready to grab the tiller and get going again.|
|And off she goes. Great demo!|
|Burton and Martha, right before Burton says "You're all wet!"|