It was with High Hopes that eight sailors from LLSC traveled to Lake Beulah to race for the coveted Galvanized Cup. Our top finishers were in attendace with the addtion of Michael, Mike, Glenn and Joe all doing well this season. Beulah responded with 13 of there own. It was a beautiful day for sailing, lots of sun and most of the time enough wind. The first race was a 2.5 laps, windward leeward. Wind seemed steady at the star but 2nd lap there were dead patches and the local guys did a much better job avoiding them than we did. The second race, also a 2.5 lap race, wind was a bit stronger, maybe 8-10, but more importantly steady throughout the race. Jim, Doug,Chris and I finished within a minute of one another but still behind Beulah's best. We had lunch and lost three sailors. Glenn had a PM commitment, Michael tore up one finger, and Mike Fuller tore a calf muscle getting his boat ready to launch. He sailed the first two races but then called his wife, a physical therapist and between her and their doc, convinced Mike to cancel the third. He told me this AM that its not too bad but he'll be on crutches for a few days or so.
The last race was like our Truman Race, it included all of Beulah including through a narrows like our channel except is very shallow water with trees on one side only. I bet I tacked 25 times to get through it, light shifty wind with gusts. Al Haeger actually tipped in the narrows when he didn't react to a puff soon enough. This race was handicapped so the slower boats from the first two race results were able to start early. Some 4 minutes and others 1 minute. All of us were in one of the the handicap groups except Chris who started scratch. Chris had the best score of all LL sailors after two races. Joe went out and took the lead early and held it to the very end when he was passed by a local. He also found out his mainsheet was too short which gave him a real handicap since half of that very long race was downwind. But that finish gave him a third overall in the LL Fleet. See attached results sheet.
I was exhausted after those three races and not finishing well in any of them made it worse I'm sure. I think the unfamiliarity of the lake contributed but I was trying some things I don't normally do and they were obviously not working. But now that its' a day later, it was a great workout and some of the best sailing conditions we had all year. My hats off to the Beulah gang for putting on such a professional program. The had two guys in a starting line boat, a pontoon with three gals doing the horns and calling back boats that went over early, and two more guys at the weather mark and available to help if anyone tipped. All three boats had radio contact with one another. Two of the wives made the lunch which was free to all LL sailors and guests. We had some Guests, Jodi and Tom were there as well as Des and Joan. We were proud to have LL support on site, thanks team. Overall it was a great day and we really appreciate the efforts of the Beulah club. On top of all that they handed out T shirts, see attached. I couldn't agree more with the T shirt, those guys are true Champs. See attached for result details. We would like to hear from other participants, some of whom were so far ahead of me I would like to learn why.