A well run race committee is fun to watch. Cambria served as the platform for the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club’s Fall Regatta as well as the ‘Race Your House’ race. It was a complicated affair. 35 boats for the Fall Regatta in 6 classes and another 35 boats in the Race Your House race, also in 6 classes. The intent was to run 3 races for the Fall regatta while only one for the ‘Race Your House’ race. If my math holds up that’s 24 starts.
The result was a near non stop start sequence of flags, horns and course instructions re-iterated over the VHF radio. All of which was confusing to the uninformed viewer, but made perfect sense to the committee and to most of the race boats around us.
The committee itself was made up of experienced racers. These folks knew their stuff and it showed. The wind didn’t pan out as hoped and as a result the course needed to be modified mid race, but it was all done pretty well.
With light winds and a fair ebb, milling around the committee boat made for some interesting moments. One boat was successfully fended off and missed us, but another tacked up wind and up current from us and as soon as the tack was made the more experienced folks on Cambria reacted and moved forward. It was a slow motion collision.
At the end of the day boating is a humbling sport. What may be clear to an observer isn’t necessarily clear to the person at the helm and if you’ve spent enough time on the water, you’ve been in positions of making moves that in retrospect could have been better executed.
In any case, we got hit. Scott fended off, but the pulpit took the brunt of the impact. Bent.
Not much we could do about it and the race needed to go on (except for the boat that hit us. Hitting the committee boat automatically disqualifies you for the race).
All and all a good day on the water — and for picture taking.
|Sailing in Style|
|Mike and Maurisa's boat 'Arrow'|
|Trey looking rather preppy, overalls and a button down shirt|
|Amy learned some sailing skills on Joe's boat|
|We're going to race!|
|Dana on Rubigale|
|Andy on Yahtzee|
|Dan had quite the crew|
|Dan and close in racing at the start|
|Another shot of Michele|
|Bow watch on Grayling|
|Andy edging out Dan at the finish. Good fun!|
|Mark pumping his fist as Cliff, Julia, Dan and crew finish|
|Andy and 'Twisted Journey" followed by Grayling|
|Mikey and Mindy|
|Dan signaling a first to finish|
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