March is the best month for sailing on Sarasota Bay with a very reliable sea breeze nearly every day. That was true for the eight E-Scows that raced on March 25, 2015. It was calm until about 1:30 and then the sea breeze kicked in. We could only hold three races since we like to get in by about 3PM for putting away the boats and socializing.
The wind was from the west, and Bob Blomquist set an excellent triangle course with the weather mark off the mooring field, jib mark in the cove and start/finish across the channel near the bridge. The key to success was to go left to avoid the current or short tack to the left side of the course. There was a major lift near the weather mark, most likely wind channeled down New Pass. In any event, one of the boats went way left, close reached to the mark, and had a lead of about half the next leg.
After near disastrous spinnaker work at the Mid-Winters by some E competitors, three E’s practiced their spinnaker work: two with asymmetrical and one with parachute spinnakers.
At the get-together, plans were discussed for the E-Scow barbecue, organized by Lynn Scott, which will take place after racing onWednesday, May 1. Spouses and significant others are invited.