In E-Scow racing we are in new territory. Never before have we raced this far into the Summer – and we expect to do more. Why is this happening – it is because we have a solid group of boats, skippers and crews who are not snow-birds and live here year around.
On Wednesday evening July 6, we had three E-Scows on the course across the sand bar with winds from 8 to 10 knots from the SSW. There were major wind shifts in which Bill Meisenheimer in Sweet Thing again figured them out and did very well. Generally the left side was favored except for the last race when the wind shifted right, that side was favored.
We had five one-lap races and concluded with a two lap finale. Whistle starts and a well laid out race course worked well and we only needed to move the start buoys once.
We would have had four boats out but we were short a few crew members. We really hate those crews who take summer vacations or just want to take a break. We need you and invite other SSS members to join us.
On Newbie, we had Don, Richard, Phyliss and Doug. We have a new rule that if you are behind, it is okay to use the asym. On Sweet Thing, those aboard were Bill M, Bill P and Michelle Lee. Aboard Bodacious, Valdek, Ted, Jerry and Dickie who will soon be 90 – certainly our oldest enthusiastic racer.
At the dock party, we discussed going to Augusta for the Halloween Regatta to get an E-Scow southern circle of racing launched. We may have three SSS E-Scows going there in the hope that it will stimulate their fleet to race one or more winter regattas here.
We want to thank Michelle Lee who brought homemade coconut cake for the party. She prepared it for her son’s birthday but we got the benefits.
While it is hot and humid these days in the afternoons, once we launch and get on the water, it was just delightful, cool and great fun racing.