Monday, June 20, 2011
The AYC's annual singlehanded race took place on Father's Day yesterday. 7 boats set sail for the red buoy located off Jack Island using the standard start line off the tanker dock @ 1130. Wild Dave Wagner was the first to get his spinnaker up and drawing in a light southerly. Cat Sass led the way all day long and Keith Rubin noted that all the controls seem a long way off when you're all by yourself. Tim Wenger flew his pink panty spinnaker and a gybing duel soon ensued with Good Enuf skippered by Colin Emsley and Celebration with Jim Bottles each looking strong at one time or another. The Wild Rumpus simply cranked the pole back and was the only vessel to risk shooting the gap between Huckleberry and Guemes Islands. Tiramisu with Tom Stockton at the helm and our treasured Treasurer Charles Webb played out to the East searching for breeze. The roundings were entertaining as the skippers became foredeck crew, mid deck, mast and pit people while creative lash ups on the tillers performed helmsperson duties. Celebration turned on the afterburners and flew to a first place finish. Wild Rumpus held on for second, and Split Arrow third. It's Wednesday buoy racing until The Northern Century Aug 26-28th so come on out and join the fun! The D class is open to boats without PHRF certificates and crewspots are ususally available especially on Syndicat!