Thanks to a strong front moving through the area, we saw South winds about 8 to 12 mph through most of Saturday, increasing to near 15 mph by the final race of the day. We were able to complete 6 races by 3:00 pm. Sunday began much like Saturday, at least for the first race. Then came the rain, and with it dying winds. After a decent first leg of the final race, the wind began to die. At least that was until the middle of the final run. The wind began to pick up and we finished in a blast that at points was well above 15 and pouring rain (1 inch in 1/2 hour).
The racing was fairly close for many of the races which made for an enjoyable event. The wind blast at the end of the last race produced one of the highlights of the week-end. It came on so suddenly while we were reaching to the leeward mark with spinnakers flying that it was difficult to react and there was a scramble to get spinnakers down. Kate and Chris reacted by Kate falling (jumping?) overboard. The picture below shows Chris single handing the FD on a three sail reach. It didn't last long as the inevitable capsize came moments after this picture was taken, but it looked great while it lasted. PS: After a long swim, Kate got back aboard and they finished the race. The hazy picture is due to the heavy rain.
Here is the NOR for our regatta in Newport. It should be a great regatta and we hope you can all make it and help us to get another local event up and running. Should be great sailing and a variety of compeitition.
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The hot team at Midwinter Championship: Lin & Maarten
FD teams from as far away as California, the Northeast and Ohio converged on the St. Petersburg Yacht Club for a three day weekend of sailing and get togethers. We shared the bay Saturday and Sunday with the Snipe fleet.
All the US sailors, families and friends going to the World Championships at Malcesine on Lake Garda in Northern Italy thought it would be fun to share the trip with everyone. So we have set up a Web log page to do just that. Just click the Garda! menu item on the right side of the USA Class home page and you can see what we are up to, hear from some of the competitors and officials. and maybe even chat with a chef from that tiny cafe we liked so much. We'll try to keep you up to date on the goings on and of course links to daily and overall results. The Worlds run from June 30 through July 9, but most of us will be there before that, practicing, preparing and just enjoying what Italy has to offer.