Sunday, June 21, 2015

Alphabet Soup at Lawson Reef

When Kymodoce and Emoyeni put bookends on Wild Rumpus for the podium maybe it's a sandwich rather than soup.In any case it didn't start out that way. Corvus led off the start beating into a light Westerly breeze while Celebration and Kymodoce slipped off to the right. Corvus hit the brakes for a moment off Shannon Point to allow Emoyeni and WR to catch up. Celebration and Kymodoce briefly looked golden when the wind shifted North, then a fairly solid Southerly filled in and the race was on. Celebration led around the first mark followed by WR and Corvus within boat lengths then the majority of the fleet still within 5 minutes. It was a headsail reach across a strong ebb to the red buoy and spinnakers blossomed for a sunny run home. Emoyeni went with the assymetric spinnaker to begin with then swapped to the womper soon after. The choice was thre ways, cross over to Burrows while the wind was fresh, battle staright up the middle, or hang on the West side until the end and crossover once the ebb wasn't ebbing so much. Some did a combination of two of these. The wind went light for the leaders at the finish and 1st through 8th was decided by less than 9 minutes.
Sun and fun for all, we should reconsider having an informal potluck at the club post race....
In other news:
Doug Fryer's Nightrunner recently completed her 4th Van Isle 360, the biennial, race around Vancouver Island. Highlights included a late night trip through Race Rocks in 35kts true with the 2,2 reduced spinnaker up and three competitors within a few boat lengths. The Nahwitti Bar did not disappoint with breaking waves filling the cockpit a few times. Imagine sailing all the way around VI without getting a drop of rain. Top wind speed 42kts on three separate days, yes it was a workout!

This coming Sunday come join the ladies for an informal regatta to support breast cancer research, contact Stephanie Schwenk for the details. Sail for a good cause, maybe make a new friend...