On Sunday at the Ware River Yacht Club Virginia Governor’s Cup Regatta we had a nice breeze and 3 more races.  The way the wind funneled into the club from this particular direction you would have thought there was far more wind than there was.  At least one fleet scratched out for the day and a few sailors in the other fleets sat it out as well.

Out on the water it was a perfect 12-16 knots all day out of the WSW with a light chop.  Our first two races went pretty well and I put up a 3-2.  Going into the final race the top 3 boats were all separated by just 3 points meaning whoever won the race won the regatta.  Henry and I were both over early and had to go back.  After restarting I worked my way out to the right while Henry went to the left with the other boat who had won the first two races today.  I made the right work and had a pretty comfortable lead at the first mark.  From there I extended on the long close reaches to the wing mark and back and on the final upwind I covered and stayed in front to win the race and the regatta.

Ware River Yacht Club always puts on a good event and it was nice seeing them bring the junior Lasers over to our course.  It was fun starting in 10 boats and we had some pretty close competition.  All in all a good regatta and a good tune up for FBYC’s Annual One Design Regatta next weekend.

2012 Ware River Governor's Cup 1st Laser

Day 1 at the Virginia Governor’s Cup Regatta at Ware River Yacht Club.  We had 10 boats out and started the day in 6-8.  In the first two races I had good starts, picked the shifts right and led both races.  In the final leg of the 2nd race the sea breeze came in at 13-15 knots and we did two more races in that wind.  As I was out there hiking my butt off I realized I hadn’t sailed a single event this year in wind.  I just didn’t have the muscles for it and my results showed.  This was the wind for Henry Amthor and he put up two bullets in the final two races to take the overall lead today.  I made a bad decision to put in an extra tack in the final leg of the 3rd race and dropped to 3rd.  I managed a 2nd in the final race.  With 1-1-3-2 I’m just one point behind Henry in 2nd place and we’ll be sailing day two tomorrow.