Although few boats showed up to race, the ones that were there had a great time. A 90-degree wind shift just prior to the first race meant that one could *almost* reach the top mark by staying on a starboard tack. Two Albacores (Ken E with Rob N, and Robert B with Norm Y), a Laser (Ken S) and a 29er (Jason M and Eric M) battled it out to the windward mark. The double-handers had a great start, with Ken S in the Laser having to fight to catch up. As the “windward” mark was being rounded, it became apparent (to some) that the leg to the gybe mark was almost dead downwind. The 29er was slow to realize this and the asymmetric spinnaker (ineffective dead downwind) did more harm than good — their first capsize of the night soon followed as the 29er tried to head up to get wind in the sail. The Albacores and Laser battled their way around the course, with Ken S in first as he rounded the windward mark on the second lap, and there was no catching him on the downwind. Ken E and Rob came in second, followed by Robert and Norm. The 29er, after 5+ capsizes, just made the first rounding of the downwind mark, and was marked as OCF (yeah, yeah, get your jokes in now… once I figure this boat out it’ll be a different story!)
A large sustained wind blew in from the North, leading to an Albacore capsize and retirement for Robert and Norm. Emily and Heidi in a mark-set boat were able to set the new course, and the second race was run. A great start for Ken S and Ken E/Rob was contrasted by a lousy start for Jason/Eric. Ken S again took the race, with Ken E/Rob taking second, and Jason/Eric in another OCF (after another 5+ capsizes, and we barely made the leeward mark).
Kudos to Mario and Corinne for running RC, Emily and Heidi for rescue/mark-set boat, and Jean and Frank for bringing the food/beverages!
Results of the summer season (and the unified complete season, now converted to low-score system) can be found on the club’s Racing page, http://kanatasailingclub.com/sailing/racing/