Sunday, April 08, 2012

Drifter or Windseeker

Southern Straits regatta held on Good Friday each year seems to have a split personality of late. In 2010 it blew so hard one boat was sunk and the race was cancelled, the last two years have been a true test of light air sailing skills and patience. Each year the band and the Easter bunny show up underneath the Lion's Gate bridge, they serve up some pancakes and the fleet gets a rousing send off. For the second year in a row Kevin Welch skippered Icon to a first to finish. They are off to an excellent start on their quest to win the Pac Cup in July.This year the wind filled in behind them and they corrected to third overall. You can goto www.southerstraits.ca to check out their track. Very tricky sailing with many sail changes due to fickle localized breezes and ever changing significant currents. In the world of yellow boats the Wild Rumpus failed to complete the course for the third year in a row.....ughhhh. Stephanie Schwenk sailing aboard Bravo Zulu held on for 2nd in div, 6th overall.
In other news the permanent marks have been replaced and refurbished. 29 Tulip Cup entrants so far. (Plus you know Blackfoot will be there) Special racer meeting Wednesday April 18th @ club at 6pm. Please come down to club and learn how to operate chase boat, light BBQ, do RC duty, and the like, you don't need an invitation or even a boat we will hook you up. On April 25th we will an open house for new racers and skippers looking for crew so schedule your haircut now.

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