Sunday at the Easter Laser Regatta started with very light winds and the race committee postponed us ashore. Before we knew it, it was blowing stink and we were headed out on the course to start a race. I won the boat and immediately went right while the entire rest of the fleet went left. The name of the game was just gritting it out and when we came back together at the top mark – it didn’t seem to have mattered which way folks went.
As I rounded the top mark with about 5 or 6 boats ahead of me, I misjudged it and hit the mark with the boom. Given the wind speed, my conditioning, the boats ahead wiping out all over the place I knew there was no chance I was going to successfully execute a jibe in doing my 360 to exonerate myself. Knowing it was only going to get worse on the day – I made the decision to just call it a day. 9 other boats followed.
Two races were sailed and the event rules for DNF were actually a little more favorable than Appendix A and because so many other boats bailed – I was still able to finish in 8 after not having a finish for either of the 2 races sailed.
Landing the boat at the club was a little tricky with the wind shooting right down the dock into the ramp, but after pulling up on a floating dock and de-rigging, the naked hull was easier to get out of the water without banging anything up. Onshore I got packed up and got on the road. I was bummed to miss the awards – glad I got to sail the Easter Laser Regatta and thanks Fred for everything you do to put this on.