Watching from the committee boat 1) when the wind is up boat handling is different. 2) Faster. 3) more physical. 4) Randy is better. Starts were at the boat end favored and only one did Randy get challenged when Rob got underneath him. We had five out for Sunday, but Craig Yates had a capsize that torn loose the gooseneck and he was out of the last several races. Marc Solas was game. Sailed one race and decided he needed more practice on a calmer day.
Randy won six of the eight races. Arlen, Rob asked for a triangle course about half way through so we had that in your honor. Rob won one race and Alejandro won one, but Rob had a bunch of seconds and was ahead for the LESC members. I was really proud of Alejandro as he was sailing his full rig and giving Rob 30 pounds and maybe more to Randy. He had the vang sheeting bending the boom good and was sailing fast and low, and really smoking on the reaches. Randy didn’t bring the Eric’s, but they are coming back and are fixing up a boat for Eric Sr as Eric Jr already has one.
Saturday Charlies Jensen and Yost came by to see who was going out. Jensen is making arrangement to pick up Chutzpah to glue it back together and give us another boat. C. Yost is working on his stretches to get his muscles back in shape.
On Sunday we had seven for six races. Conner Kechriotis had his new boat put together and got out for the last five races with his new radial sail. In the second race he corrected out to second place (bumped Sam out of second). The third race he won outright. Then he dropped back to 5-5 and 4 to finish fourth for the day. When we get Caroline Ladley and Ben Getchell back our youth program should be ready to take off.
Jennifer Burno and Sam were looking at each other on a lot of the races and were the only ones once to figure out starting at the buoy end after the big wind shift. (Always check the line.) Jennifer should have won that race but sailed into a hole right at the finish line and Sam got across first. It doesn’t hurt to have a family member on the RC. Now that Jennifer is about to win races, no more "be nice to the lady" stuff.
Jerry Beck got up on Sunday. We usually see him on Saturday with the youth program, but he had Boy Scout camp out on Saturday. We were glad to see him and he got caught in all the wind shifts and holes that we had. Really tough to shift gears when you are just getting started again.
Marc Solas was out again, smiling and having a good time. He is sailing better and getting closer to everyone and we love it.
On Sunday Alejandro had a 1-1-2-3-3-1 and Rob had 2-4-3-4-1-2 and when we added the Saturday score Alejandro had 32 and Rob 33 after 14 races over the weekend. Wow! The next person is 35 points down.
Overall we had 9 sailors over the weekend plus Tom Doyle was sailing his MX - ray. That is the little red flat boat that is in the Northeast corner of the club. It rates a little faster than a Laser, has an unstayed mast, cat rig, and a spinnaker. Tom is a big boat sailor converting to a little thing. He has been invited to come and race with us – he is practicing his boat handling. He has also been invited to do the Laser thing with us.
Then Sunday afternoon Sherry Magno, who has been skippering big boats in the Virgin Islands for a number of years, was out in a 4.7 getting used to steering with a little stick at the back of the boat. She had a good time and is coming back for more.
Vince Renzoni visited late Saturday. He has a Laser down at Lake Placid and has been sailing it in preparation to joining and sailing with us.
Ex-mayor and soon to be ex- Eustis commissioner Dr. Jim Rotella dodged a Laser sail and ended up crewing for Richard Kinnie on Saturday in the C scow. When the new commission takes over he will have a little more time and we will get him on days the C scows aren’t sailing. He is another that need converting from big boat sailing to steering with a stick and leaning out to balance the boat. It is a lot easier to move the other way– little boat to big boat.