On Wednesday March 4, six E-Scows raced six races in strong winds from 12 to 20 knots with maybe higher gusts. But, the conditions were ideal since the wind was from the south, lots of small white caps, but not any significant waves. The triangle course took us up the cove next to the club, a wing buoy across the channel by the bridge and back to the start near the goal posts. In general, going left paid off with lifts going upwind, and tacking on a header to the weather mark. Races were quick, about 15 minutes with close roundings, but no hits or collusions, especially since we were going fast.
Three E’s dominate the racing: Bill Nolen, Jeff Nicholas and Jim Barr though we do not take scores. We needed a fourth or even fifth crew member to keep the boats down, but there were really no close calls in terms of capsizes. Bill Nolen had Chris, Bill and Darrel as crew; Doug Dearden had Thomas, Dave, Jean Pierre and Brian (a NY Hobie sailor); Jeff Nicholas had Randy, Lynn, Peter and Kathryn as crew; Jim Barr had Dick and Bill as crew; Valdek had Kenny and Harry as crew; and Ted Weihe had Bob, Jerry and Hans as crew. We had our usual after-racing get-together on the deck.
March is a windy month, so we encourage SSS members to show up by noon on Wednesday so we can get all eight E’s out racing, and we will have a ninth E which arrives at the Mid-Winters. We are anticipating a good turnout for the SSS Mid-Winters – probably some of those racers up north getting tired of all the snow.