Once again the weather forecast was spot-on. Fridays gale force winds and Saturdays snow storm turned to rain and warmer temperatures overnight.
Once again we got a stellar window of, perfect sailing weather, sunshine, 40 degrees and NNW wind at 8-12. We got three races in for the first race of the year and the decade before the winds kicked way up!
10 boats showed up.
Lesson of the Day:
John Breuer is right (about somethings). We saw a change in clouds in the distance and JB kept saying 3 races and we’re done. We finished the 3rd race and the conditions were still great, so we decided to go for more. As the clouds overhead drove in the wind kicked up to about 22-24 and we abandoned the fourth race before the start. Dan Williams, on race committee said to me regarding John: “Is he psychic?”. I simply replied: “Yes”.
When it comes to wind JB can usually tell you with certainty what is about to happen.
The last 4 Races we had a tiny window of sailable weather that fortuitously passed over our club during race time. This weekend looks like what we all dream about!
WSW 11 mph
Then food and drink at the Warf.
Say Farewell to the 10’s, Welcome in the 20’s
The weather forecast was spot on. WSE 11mph. The wind clocked a little south and then started slowly switching the north. Sunny Spectacular Day.
14 boats showed up, the sailing and competition was fantastic.
Lesson of the Day.
JY’s and committe boats make loud crunchy noises when sailing over ICE and acting as ICE-Breakers. The boats go faster through water than through Ice flows. It’s a good tactic to sail around ice flows coming down the river.
Horrific weather forecast. Heavy rain, then heavy wind.
But wait, what do John, Jim and Dan see amidst the map but a possible hole. A veritable window to sail in, right at our regularly scheduled race time.
Pouring rain an hour before, but the RACE is on!
6 boats braved the less than optimistic forecast!
Todays Lesson (and extension of last weeks):
There is no guarantee for the wind the waves and the weather. Sometimes you get the unexpected and you CAN RACE!
Prompt Noon Start, N/NW wind, 10-20 predictable, though unusual gentle shifts up to 80 degrees. Dreary looking a little drizzly infrequently, getting colder and cautiously watching for a heavy Northerly front to blow in.
1st Race, the fleet followed Jim Ryan rounding the marks to starboard. John Breuer did the course correctly, but hooked and moved the leeward mark. Did John do his turn?
3rd Race, the Stoneybrook University Sailors switched crew as they have one more crew than boat.
We welcome the Stonybrook University Sailing Club and their coach (who took matters into his own hands for the last race).
3 races, then the wind and rain blew in and we called it a day.
It was so nice to get out on the water, no matter how brief!
Wind was N/NE 7-20mph. temperature around 40. The water is still warm. Outstanding sailing!
Thanks to Dan C and his crew Brendon C, for assisting with the wayward JY!
A Warm welcome to our new sailors from Stonybrook University Sailing Club!
Life and Safety are THE first and foremost priority in Sailing/boating/Racing.
The race rules explicitly state so.
Life and safety comes first. Property and racing follow that. It is incumbent on EACH of us to STOP and render assistance when it’s needed. Dan and Brendon did exactly that and we all thank them.
The rules of racing provide for Redress from the race committee. Accordingly Dan and Brendon were awarded a finishing position equal to their position in the race at the time they stopped to render assistance.
The question to ask is “What should I do”.
If you see a boat in distress or a person or people in the water:
Ask if they require assistance
If they do then prioritize, ask if any life is at risk.
If you see people in the water separated from the boat rescue them first, not the boat.
If you see people in the water and they are separated from each other, rescue the ones closest to you first and keep an eye on the other(s).