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Week 6 (Oct 26), Where was everyone for the last sail of the season? Only Dan and Paul showed up with boats, although the spectators included Malcolm, John G, John P and Pete. The sailors decided to go for it and set a full size course. Well, the leeward mark had a short anchor line and was eventually placed on the shoal across from Picnic Point where in some years an island has appeared. In 2005, there were still many feet of water.
Race 1 was set to be one lap. Both boats started on port tack. Dan managed a small lead before the mark. The winds were reasonably steady and he kept the lead to the finish. Race 2 was two laps. The first lap looked like a re-run of the previous race with Dan again getting an early lead. On the second trip to the dam, the winds started shifting. At one point both boats were on starboard and thinking, maybe, they might be able to fetch the mark. Then there was a shift and without moving the tiller, both boats were trying to fetch the mark on port tack! The wind shifted a several more times. The boats split tacks. When they came together, Paul had an inside overlap which held to the mark. On the downwind leg, Dan tried his best to cover the lead boat. The wind stopped and the water was as flat as a mirror. Then a faint breeze came in from the east. Paul went into a broad reach on port tack. No longer blanketed, he started moving. Meanwhile, Dan who was rigged for running on starboard, could not get any speed until it was too late. So the season ended with Dan and Paul each getting a bullet.
Week 5 (Oct 19), There were several major wind shifts even before the boats were launched. Not wanting to have a long drifting/bobbing session, Art Lange proposed a new course which proved very good for the conditions. The “downwind” mark, usually at Picnic Point, was placed only about one third of the usual distance. The “windward” mark was placed even closer to the line. The course was to go through the start-finish line both ways. The race committee of John and John were asked to give a distinctive signal 20 minutes after the start. The race would go for an unspecified number of laps until the 20 minute signal. After that when the lead boat crossed the line, that would be the end of the race.
The first race started going upwind toward Picnic Point. It soon turned into a match race between Max and Art, with Paul threatening to pass them both whenever the match got too intense. The second race started going upwind toward the dam. This turned into a 3-way match race, with each boat taking turns at the lead. Between watching the wind shifts and the other boats everyone was too busy to count laps. In the end, Max had the best combination of skill and luck to score two bullets, followed by Art 2-2 and then Paul 3-3.
Week 4 (Oct 12), Paul Z. is working on that lead for Q5. Malcolm and Allen have a shot at it but that Zander guy has been going pretty fast.
Week 3 (Oct 5), REALLY light winds out of the NNW made for two slow motion laps around the reservoir Wednesday. These were by far the lightest winds during this otherwise spectacular season. Malcolm watched from the back of the pack during race one and figured it all out for race two. He started in a wind vein, slipped out to an early lead and kept finding breeze where the rest of us could find none. Proving once again that age is an advantage and not a problem in Toro racing, Malcolm nailed a bullet in the second race. Eye balling the Q5 scores, Paul Zander has pulled out to a 4 point lead followed then by Allen Morton and Malcolm. With three weeks left in the year, the racing should be down to the wire for that final glass.
Week 2 (Sep 28), no comments.
Week 1 (Sep 21), Warm, wonderful late summer evening. We saw gravel on the launch ramp for the first time this year. Looks like we will be able to sail through the end of the season at the reservoir. Max ruled last Wednesday with two bullets. Painfully light air rewarded those sailors that could keep their boat moving.