6 teams of high school sailors raced in this first qualifier. Each team has 3 boats and they race against only one team at a time. Who cares who wins- it's the total points that count. You only want the team to win, which makes for some interesting tactics, blocking out or slowing an opponent so your teammate can pass through. 8 to 11 minutes for each race. We ran 42 races this weekend.
Olof was the race officer and did a great job keeping things moving. He's been practicing in Monroe Harbor, which thawed or broke up sooner than Belmont. We had raced right outside Belmont, except for a while on Saturday when it got too windy out there. Then we enjoyed warm weather and sunshine in the harbor. Sunday we were back outside in a southwester that just would no blow from the southwest. Then the big shift came - twice the velocity and from the northeast, across that cold, cold water. Instant temperature change. We re-set the course and got going pretty quickly, and then the fog rolled in. Really solid fog- even with our very short course you couldn't see top to bottom. We finished up the races that were on the course, which was just enough to count today's racing for the scores. Then we escorted all the boats carefully back into the harbor and we didn't lose anybody. The frostbite team brought their boats in too and after consideration, cancelled the afternoon session.
We've had lots of support from the staff lately- thanks Chuck, Scott, Bobby, and Sean. All the high school coaches were very helpful with the regatta, too.
|Chuck taking photos|
|Michael Leslie, posing in the sun|
|can you see the puff on the water?|
photos by Janet B, excapt that last one, which is Chuck's.