The ghost of John Ringling was decisive in the informal E-Scow racing on Wednesday, February 4. The wind was 8-10 knots out the East (always shifty), and the triangle course started past the mooring field with the weather mark near the foot of the Ringling Bridge. The six E-Scows held seven races, and 5 out the 7 favored going right, and getting lifts off the bridge. In two races, the middle of the course paid off, though the adverse current affected going too far to the left.
Jeff Nicholas in System E, fresh back from the Buddy Holly festival in Iowa near his farm (and he noted it was snowing and 13 degrees below zero when he left) had lots of boat speed and finished ahead in several races. Doug Dearden in Rev It Up, and Jim Barr in E-Ticket took a couple of races. Bob Blomquist in Ego, John Gallick in Synergy and Valdek K in Infinity also had some excellent finishes.
Unusual in our informal races, two E-Scows did penalty turns – a point of emphasis this year in better observing the race rules. We welcomed SSS new member, Kevin Crouse to the fleet at our get-together on the dock after the racing.