This was the second race today. It followed the make up race of June 8th (race two)
Jack who was RC helper for this race, moved the marks to give a different look to the wind. It was a good call, not so shifty at the weather mark.
We had good wind at the start and everyone got a good one. Again it was Jim, and Scott out in front but all right with them. Most went right with a few going left. Skip, Dave, John and I started 2 min back and all of us got a good start. The winds were strong enough especially up the first half of the leg but the second half had a lot more shifts. If you caught the shifts you we doing well, if you didnít you could find yourself tacking directly into a header and getting hammered to a dead stop. Des says it happened to him twice in this race. The late starters seemed to have made some good choices and were catching the pack up by the first mark. We all rounded orderly and headed down. Talk about a parade, everyone was there. As we approached the leeward mark it looked as though we had a train wreck in the making, but not so. Even though I counted 7 boats in a line going together for the mark, every one of them got around without touching each other or the mark. Next time up John was starting to look very strong moving up the center with Jim and Scott. I was close behind feeling pretty good since the disaster of the first race today. The four of us rounded and began to separate from the pack. Not much changed the third time up except we were even further separated from the pack. Last time down it was still any of the four of us to take this thing. As I approached the leeward mark I had a great opportunity to watch Jim who was trailing John, make a quick move before the mark and establish an overlap on John. John moved out to give him buoy room but kept his boat moving fast. Jim came to the mark and had to flip his boom and it did not well because John came shooting out of ahead and never gave it back. Scott was off to the side and also made some good choices up the final leg to finish right behind John. Jim easily took the third and me a bit distant 4th. All four of us caught a shift the second time up that made all the difference. We were able to simply charge directly at the mark and put us well ahead of the fleet.
John, (1 & 3 for the day)
Scott, (2 & 5)
Jim, (3 & 4)
Peter ( 4 & 9 is not too good)
Joe, very good racing day for this guy
Dave (6 & 1)
Curt (7 & 6) likes sailing on Green lake much better