more photos by Cathy
|Start of the 1st race. Photos by Kurt.|
Thank you to Cameron and Kurt on race committee and Kurt for taking the photos!
|Jim after rounding the jibe mark.|
|Sandy, impressively finishing the 2nd race, though a little wet!|
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|Start of the 3rd race.|
We had 6-7 boats on the line with some stronger wind in the afternoon.
|Laurie and Nancy.|
|Sandy, trying out the new sail provided by North Sails.|
|Rounding the leeward mark.|
|Lasers joining us for the last 2 races.|
|Paul, crossing the finish line.|
|Sandy and Burton coming up to the finish line.|
|Bob on RC and Nancy coming up to the finish line.|
It was wonderful weather for Butterfly racing last Saturday. Winds were delightful for the first two races, but wind speed and gusting picked up for the third. This third race included two capsizes. One was self-rescued, and the other was quickly handled by the race committee, Bowman and John. Many thanks!
Once again, the weather discouraged the Fleet from showing up in numbers sufficient for racing. Better luck next Saturday.
The WRBC's rescue boat is out of service for at least one more week. The gearbox of the outboard motor apparently leaked, and water froze and cracked the housing. Many thanks are extended to Larry Kousal for tackling the repairs.
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|Marshall rounding the jibe mark with Jim, Nancy, and me trying to catch up.|
Burton and C. were on race committee. Thank you both and especially C. for letting me sail! We don't always take a break in the winter but with tamales and chili provided by Burton, we all joyously celebrated the New Year by chowing down! Except for Nancy . . . we tried to save her some tamales but it was not to be. Thank you Burton!
Out of 6 Butterflys, Paul took 1st in all 3 races, but in that last race Marshall was closing in rapidly. Marshall got 2nd in 2 races, and Nancy got 2nd in the 1st race. I managed 3rd in all 3 races but had to do a circle on the starting line in the 3rd race after colliding with the committee boat. Ouch. That was fairly embarrassing.
Here is hoping 2017 is a great year for Butterfly sailing. Happy New Year!
More photos from the 1st race, rounding the jibe mark:
|Miles, Jim, and Burton checking out the fog.|
After awhile I got some photos from Bob with a message "Merry Christmas from WRBC" and then one from Paul "Crazy fog"!
Wow - that really was some crazy fog. It's about 72 degrees and Christmas Eve. I guess we almost got our white-out Christmas.
Thanks for the photos and Merry Christmas to all!
|Bruce joined Jim and Sam on race committee.|
There were 7 Butterfly sailors and 5 Lasers with the Lasers getting a separate start. We managed to get 2 races in before the race committee had to reset the course but that 2nd race had a big shift as the race started. All of a sudden the committee boat turned parallel to the starting line and several of us had to circle and jibe to get back across. It was an exciting start!
As race committee was resetting the course for the 3rd race, several of us bailed out because by then the wind had shifted to the N and started to pick up. At my skill level, going in was the right thing to do.
All the Butterflys stayed upright with no capsizes. The Lasers tend to capsize but can mostly right themselves but apparently one of their fleet boats had some problems and the mast filled with water and the boat got stuck in the mud. Race committee had a challenging job with all the wind shifts and the high wind, the cold front coming in, resetting the course, and rescuing the Laser. Thank you race committee!
Race results: 1st race - Sandy, Paul, and Burton
2nd race - Nancy, Paul, and Sandy
3rd race - Paul, Sandy, and Burton
The day in photos:
|Race committee setting the course for the 1st race.|
|Still setting the course.|
|Checking the wind.|
|Before the 1st race. Warming up nicely.|
|Doug P. talking to race committee, Nancy off to the right - before the 1st race.|
|Probably telling the Lasers they'll get their own start after the Butterflys.|
|Race committee on the finish line - boats in the distance have finished.|
|Downwind (Gold Cup) finish - 1st race.|
|Finishing up the 1st race as the dark clouds roll in.|
|White Rock Boat Club with some nice fall color before the front arrives.|
|End of the 1st race.|
|Mix of Butterflys and Lasers at the end of the 1st race.|
|Finishing up the 1st race.|
|Waiting for the course to be reset for the 3rd race. Then I left . . .|
|Downtown from Peavy on my way home. Cold front has moved in . . .|