Photo by Chris Moses

Photo by Chris Moses

Photo by Chris Moses

Photo by Chris Moses


Photo by Jay Guyer

Photo by Jay Guyer


A Most Unbelievable Race Day Sunday Feb 16
by Steve Nash

What follows is my recalling of the races. It is both exciting and accurate. Unfortunately the portions that are exciting are not accurate, and the portions that are accurate are not exciting.

We were racing in 5 - 10 knots of wind, there were 5 Hobies, 3 Lasers, a Precision and a Finn.

We had three races, there was going to be a fourth, but the committee boat was hit by a rogue wave. Let me take this moment to give thanks to the Race Committee, who gave their all.

At the start of the first race the fleet was just getting a feel for the wind, straggling across the starting line. The race was a triangle/sausage with much of the fleet forgetting the sausage part and going for another triangle. This affected the final standing with David taking first place with his Finn, Marcus taking second on his Laser and Heidi taking third place on a Hobie.

For the second race the fleet was cluttered at the center of the line with boats rubbing but no fouls were called. Your kind author has no recollection of anything of note for the remainder of the race. David once again took first on his Finn, Marcus once again second place in his Laser and third this time was Monty on his Laser.

The final race was the most exciting for me, the author. I started on the pin side of the line. I looked over my shoulder to see the whole of the fleet behind me, going fast, I saw a hole to tack into. I tacked, with my bow just narrowly missing Joel’s rudders. I got a lift, bam!, I was first around the windward mark, and it continued, who knows what was going on behind me, that’s not the point of this story, I’m writing this, this is my time.

I was first around the first 4 marks, was was being commending for my unique sailing tactics as I passed the committee boat, but then, out of the corner of my eye I saw a sail, no, two sails ahead of me, it was two Brits! They were making it to the fifth mark ahead of me in a very unsportsmanlike manner. They made it to the final mark ahead of me. Then I heard a thunk. David’s Finn had hit Karen’s Hobie. This caused David’s boat to ricochet into a perfect penalty 360 and directly on to the Finnish line. The collision provided momentum for Karen to keep her Hobie ahead of the author’s, and she won an amazing second place, with the author getting third place.

An amazing day was had by all the racers. A memorial service will be held for the Race Committee.


photo by Julia Loren

photo by Julia Loren

photo by Julia Loren

Photo by Mike Rowell