What a great day to be a sailor on Lauderdale Lakes, perfect conditions 10-12mph at the bottom of the course and 6-8 at the top, coming out of the Northeast. Surrounded by sunshine and 16 sail boats, just doesnít get better than that. After readjusting the course to fit the wind we got started. Dave C and Bill were the scratch boats. Bill went right and Dave C headed left. Bruce, Walker, Joe, Des and Dave were next and had a great start and also held to starboard for the first few minutes, then Walker went right, all were moving well in very steady winds.
With so many starting at 5 min, I felt I should protect a spot on the line rather than try to come around the committee boat at the last, so I hung on the line in the center drifting towards the pin, no one around so at the gun I put the nose down and went left. Before the race and after reading Dougís write up from last week I decided I needed to have a firm plan before the race and that plan was left. I liked the wind coming down the shore, it has lots of puffs in it and some lifts, so I went left for a long way then up the lake. To my far right I could see most of the fleet working up the lake but it appeared they were behind. I focused on fast and not too many tacks; there were not a lot of lifts the wind was pretty steady great day to let the puppy run.And the Ďol yellow dog was running today. At the first mark I was closing on the earlier starter and began the plan to catch them one and one. It was a bit tricky up here but the winds were strong. You might have an extra tack or two but you were always moving well.
Bill had a good lead getting separation from everyone. I believe I passed Des first and then caught a few more on the down wind. I still had Bill, Bruce, Joe and Dave to catch. This proved to be no mean feat. Joe and I dueled for quite a while. On the way down, following Dave, I watch Bill go right again but this time he was pointing much higher. The wind was forecast to be out of the North but at race time it held stubbornly to northeast. Well that wind was starting to clock to the north and made the right side favored so I, along with Bruce, Joe and Dave. I was able to catch Dave on this leg but Bill, Bruce and Joe were still up there. Bill was over a half a leg away and I didnít think I could catch him.
Third lap was much like the second other than I got ahead of Joe and Dave got ahead of me. I made one too many tacks up toward the mark and Dave came in much cleaner and passed me. So follow Dave down again trying to pick up some ground on him to give me a chance on the final leg. I notice on the final leg that Bill is going left, not sure why but he was so far ahead it didnít matter. Bruce went right and I thought will a lot of luck I might catch him, but I got to get by Dave. Dave went right with me on his transom, I waited for a nice puff and tacked, got good wind and pulled ahead, next time we crossed I was in a good position to simply cover so I did. He tacked and so did I. When we got to within 200yds of the finish on starboard I committed a cardinal sin, I let him go. I tacked to port and headed for the committee boat, with the wild thought I could catch Bruce who was well out in the center of the lake. Then Bruce tacked and was flying to the finish, I realized that no way could I catch him, and not only that but I could not make the committee boat and must tack back to cover Dave, I tacked and could see that I had lost Dave as well. So I get a fourth, but wait, Bruce after sailing a flawless race crosses the finish line in the wrong direction. The boat was positioned in such a way that if coming from either lay line you could cross between it and the buoy. Bruce was coming from the right side lay line and could see the opening between the buoy and the boat so he crosses, no horn. He hollersĒ where is my hornĒ, and is told he went the wrong way and is now totally confused, Dave is bearing down and I am coming up on the line, Bruce simply needs to tack to port and heíll cross the line in a second, instead he heads downwind and goes by Dave who crosses and gets the second, I cross next and Bruce figures it out and crosses 4th. Then I sail to clear the line and am blown away to see Des cross next, where the hell did he come from. I had passed Des on the first leg and figured he is way back there but no, he must have figured it out because he was right there standing up crossing the line, a beautiful site. I talked to several sailors after the race and here is the consensus: The wind shifts were very minimal, so it paid off to keep the boat fast and take long tacks. Tacking on the small shifts slowed you down and didnít help the pointing. There were some more dramatic shifts at the mark, but that is always true. So keep on the tack, when the shift hits, drop the nose and keep going after the shift head back up, much faster than tacking on each one.
Now for the rest of the story: Dave, who finished 2nd, started at the two minute horn when he should have started at the 5 minute horn. He said later that he thought only the first and second place finishers go back. The rules are first, second, and third place go back. Dave took the news very well but he was moved to last place. The good news for him is that Jack got a 10th, (they were tied going into this race for first place) so after 3 drops they are still tied for first place.
Here are the Season standings with two races left and three drops applied so everyone knows who you have to beat to improve or hold your position. If you have a very bad race in the next two races, one of the three drops would shift automatically to drop that race. The drops always apply to your 3 worst finishes. Jack and Dave29
Jim and Peter31
Curt and Scott 39
Rob and Doug 44
Dave C 60
We have a very interesting situation with the LLYC Regatta series which ended Sunday. It ainít over.
Walker Johnson wins the Regatta series hands down with his new boat and 17 points.
We have a tie for 2nd with Bruce Bauman and Jack Sorenson at 22 points.
We have 5-way tie for 4th all these guys have 23 points:
This is how we are going to resolve these ties: Next week the 5 guys tied for 4th will compete during our normal Sunday race. Of the 5, who finishes first among them will take the 4th. Bruce is RC next week so he and Jack will have their faceoff on Sunday the 24th, the higher finisher will take the 2nd and the other will lock up third. So we will have to wait until the last race of the season to know the final order. Great racing all of you.