Monday, January 27, 2014

Lake Intercoastal Waterway

     Where was the 15 to 20 the weatherman promised?  It wasn't off Belleair Causeway- but 7 Day Sailers were out for the racing anyway.  We managed to squeak in 3 races with light, very variable winds.  We started the first race in about 5 mph, sailed some, drifted some and finished in maybe 2 mph.  Bruce and Janet led at the windward mark and held onto the lead until the very end.  With a downward finish Mark and Lil had the advantage and rolled them right before the finish giving Mark and Lil a 1st and Bruce and Janet a close 2nd.
     After changing the marks and eliminating the reaching legs we started a second race.  Mark and Lil got scraped out at the start by the Kellys but it didn't seem to bother them.  They managed to get around everyone and finish 1st with the Kellys close behind.  The 3rd race had a southerly come in before the start so we moved the marks again and got a little better wind.  We had to shorten the course a little because everyone was aground at the starting area.  The Kellys won that one, with Stu in second. (I think).
     Mark and Lil got the prep started for another race but poof, the wind turned off and it was getting pretty cold and dismal.  Lots of paddling to get back to the dock.
     Many of us met for margaritas and Mexican food at the place in Dunedin formerly knows as El Zarape.  (forgot the camera).  There was some talk about making the next race at Boca Ciaga with the big boats.

Some close drifting

Finally a little wind!

Skippers and crew racing were- new boat owner Scott and crew JJ, Hank and Bob, Bob and Angie, Stu and Mike, Bruce and Janet, Dave and Chris, Mark and Lil.  Lets get 10 boats on the line.