Twice Around Adds Spice

On April 29, 2015, four E-Scows raced twice around windward-leeward courses in about 12-14 knots of winds out of the northwest, swinging to the west.  We tried to layout as long a upwind course as possible. The weather mark was near the club above the goal posts, and start/finish line off the lee shore. We decided to use 3-minute whistle starts which made for close and tight starts.  The start boat was accused of delaying the start whistle until she was well positioned at the line, but generally the boats left the line closely packed in an orderly fashion. As is typical in One Design racing, there were some close roundings, near misses and touching at the weather mark. Generally the races lasted about 24 minutes of fast sailing.  Three of the four boats finished in first place, so winning (which we do not record) was well distributed.

We were pleased to have Jeff Olsen, a former coach at SYS and laser racer (and next door neighbor of Ted Weihe) who skippered an E-Scow for the first time.  He found it challenging especially off the start line when a tiller got caught and he nearly collided with a competitor.  Infinity had to leave the racing early with a broken head stay, and split jib.

Infinity’s crew was skippered Don Fancher with Cindy Low from Trinidad, Richard Elsishans and Bill Kimbell; Bodacious, skippered by Ted Weihe with Jeff Olsen, Randy Scott and Jerry Wheeler; E-Go skippered by Bob Blomquist with Dave Leising, Pete Weir and Lynn Scott; and Rev It Up skippered by Doug Dearden with Dave Peterson, JP Gorgue and Thomas Fugina.  This was the last race of the spring season for Pete Weir as he is going north next week, and we look forward to his return.

By Ted Weihe

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