The 2016 edition of the Laser Atlantic Coast Championship was held in beautiful Bellport, New York at Bellport Yacht Club. As usually navigating the van up 95 and through New York City is always a challenge and I somehow found myself on surface streets among the taxi cabs before re-finding the expressways.
The racing started Saturday morning right off the dock of the club with 29 boats in the standard class. Having not been in a Laser since Easter and back to sailing the original MkI sail I found myself a bit off speed in the moderate winds and chop. The highlight was the race I rounded the first mark in the top 5, but would fall from there picking the wrong side on the 2nd beat. I finished 17-20-16-23 and found myself in 18th after the first day.
Sunday the weather called for much higher winds. When the RC didn’t immediately take us out on time and postponed us due to the wind conditions – I decided I wasn’t going to be in the kind of shape or practiced enough to make a respectable showing in those conditions and got on the road home. Quite a few others did the same. Eventually the RC took the fleet out for 2 more races.