You can do it too you know. We welcomed another new sailor, and three more Committee Boat volunteers at the July 23rd race. Come on over to the nautical side and sail or serve on the Committee Boat. Donna Mount and Steve and Gretchen Fisher volunteered for the first time.
|Donna gets ready to wave start flag|
|Tom checks in with Gretchen and Steve just before Gretchen waves the 5-minutes-to-start flag|
Racing conditions were nearly ideal, with a good wind, but shifty enough to make things quite interesting. At the last race John Auld and Paul Hass made a noble, but unsuccessful attempt to jack hammer us out of our multi-year, “marks-to port” rut. Yes, we’ve had a leftward, counterclockwise racing habit. Lance Snider and Jim Voelz set up the course for this race, and also made a clockwise (marks-to-starboard) attempt by posting the green (rather than red) flag. This time we stopped fighting it, and raced marks-to-starboard (clockwise). And you know, it was a surprisingly good experience – we should do it again sometime! Chuckle you may, but we are more flexible than the Indy Racing League. Thanks Lance and Jim for setting up the course - it was a good one!
Our Committee Boat heroes, Jack and Sandi Miller, Steve and Gretchen Fisher and Donna Mount did a fine job and made an enjoyable afternoon of racing possible. They even took down the race course! We are very grateful to them. At least one sailor reported that the volunteers on the Committee Boat appeared to be having way too much fun.
|John and Paul receive encouragement from Committe Boat|
|Jack counts down the minutes-to-start|
|Voelz (left) and Jennings neck-and-neck|
|Jennings edges out Voelz|
|Jim prepares to go under the "limbo stick", winning the second race.|
The first mark (in sailing, a “mark” refers not to the target of surveillance, but to the buoy “marking” a turn) was troublesome in both races. In the first race, our Grandview wind gremlin decided that it would blow consistently and predictably for the first four racers rounding the mark. The others, following very closely behind would have the rug suddenly pulled out from under them as the wind died and shifted. This required multiple tacks to alter the now-inappropriate courses those competitors were sailing, and generated lots of “nautical talk”. Like it or lump it, this is all a part of sailboat racing, and had the last six sailors been just a little bit faster getting to the mark, they too would have enjoyed a better wind.
So that is exactly what we did in the second race. After an excellent start, hitting the starting line just as the starting horn was blown, we all got to the first mark at the same time, but approaching from different angles.
And then...pandemonium ensued. Some made it through the congestion unscathed,
but the wind then died again, and the rest were stuck uncomfortably close to
each other, and when the wind picked up there was plenty of “contact” and a
protest-rich environment. But alas, no protests,
probably because everyone knew there was nothing anyone could have done to
avoid the situation and one protest would have triggered many more, and who
would want to untangle that mess? And although John Sohn was ready to officiate
at the protest meeting, we had to give him the afternoon off.
|All boats converge on the first mark from different angles|
|Bianca and Lance sneak up on Jennings|
Before we get to the “International Class” a quick pitch: We need Committee Boat volunteers for Sunday, July 7th– see schedule in the “port” column. Otherwise, the aforementioned Tom Jennings will have to serve on theCommittee boat instead of sailing. A few weeks later, we also need help for July 21st. Let us know which date you can help out. Volunteering for just one race per season is a big help to us. We’ll train you, and you’ll have a very enjoyable time, just like Jack Miller and Steve Fisher shown here.
We are especially in need of those who can
maneuver a pontoon boat and hoist an anchor. By and large, the time commitment for most
races is a little over two hours.
|Just another relaxing afternoon on the Committee Boat|
In the International Class John and Nick Gall in the Truex Y-Flyer, and Jim Riffle and Arlene Truex in the Hobie catamaran (that’s the one with the multicolored sails) were among the first four boats the wind gremlin allowed through the first mark in a timely manner.
Without the handicap,
Jim and Arlene actually finished ahead of John and Nick (just rubbing it in). The
rest of the International fleet was way behind with Peggy Voelz finishing
third, followed by Tom Schroeder, Bianca & Lance Snider, John Auld and Paul
Haas (John and Paul having been distracted by remarks flung from the Committee
boat), and Laura Garrett.
|The Brothers Gall (left) gain on Riffle/Truex|
In the second race a different set of racers were favored at the first mark, explaining at least part of the International class results, with Jim Riffle and Arlene Truex finishing first, John Auld and Paul Haas second, and Tom Schroeder third. They were followed by John and Nick Gall, Peggy Voelz, Bianca and Lance Snider, and Laura Garrett.
The protest meeting was very well attended, and the wide variety of snacks pitched in resulted in no need for dinner. Right? Thanks very much to Wayne and Arlene for hosting us again at “Race Central”.
The next race is scheduled for Sunday July 7th. Please help Tom Jennings Mimi Riffle and Beth Auld out by reserving your seat on the Committee Boat by contacting Committee Boat chair, Beth Auld. Tom Jennings will be Race Chairman for that race, and racers will receive a reminder the week prior to the race.
For those interested in the overall race results if we handicapped all of the boats, they were as follows: First Race: 1st Tom Jennings, 2nd Jim Voelz, 3rd John & Nick Gall, 4th Jim Riffle/Arlene Truex, 5th Kevin Preuss, 6th Peggy Voelz, 7th Tom Schroeder/Mike Molar, 8th Bianca & Lance Snider, 9th John Auld/Paul Hass, 10th Laura Garrett.
Second Race: 1st Jim Voelz, 2nd Kevin Preuss, 3rd, Jim Riffle/Arlene Truex, 4th John Auld/Paul Hass, 5th Tom Schroeder/Brad Bicuspid, 6th, John & Nick Gall, 7th Peggy Voelz, 8th Tom Jennings, 9th Bianca & Lance Snider, 10th Laura Garrett.