Day 1 of the District 8 Championship at Sayville Yacht Club and we had 13 Standard Rig Lasers for 5 races in 5-8 and sometimes fluky conditions. I went 3-2-3-4-7 and am currently in 2nd overall.
In the first race I had the best start of the bunch at the favored boat end. I rounded the top mark in 2nd and lost a boat on the downwind which turned to a reach as the wind shifted around. Held on to finish 3rd.
In the second race I tried again for a boat end favored start, but I was 5 seconds early and got pushed over so I had to go back behind everyone else and restart. As the fleet went out to the left I banged the right corner and rounded the top mark in 2nd and hung onto that for the finish.
In the 3rd race we had a port end favored line. Ryan Schmitz wanted to port tack the fleet, but I won the pin on starboard and made him duck me and get tangled up with a bunch of boats further up the line. Once again we traded tacks upwind and I rounded the top mark in 2nd. Both Brian Raney and Ted Cremer had great downwind legs and passed me as the wind began to die. I kept close to Ted at the mark rounding and managed to get more left of him on the upwind so when the wind went left I was able to get in ahead of him and behind Brian.
The 4th race started in good wind and was only 1/2 the distance as the previous 3 races. With the shorter upwind 1st leg I wasn’t able to use my speed to get ahead of the pack and rounded in 3rd with a lot of boats right behind me. I went right downwind while the boats that went left made out and I was 6 or 7th at the bottom mark. Heading up to the finish I closed it up and made a couple nice tacks right at the end to beat out 2 boats by mere feet to take 4th.
The 5th race started in some wind, but a few minutes later the wind had died. I had a terrible start, went to the wrong side of the course and spent a lot of time trying to make up ground – which was hard to do in ~3 knots of breeze. The RC shortened course at the bottom mark and i settled for a 7th
Day 1 results are here. I’m 14 points behind Ryan Schmitz who has put up straight bullets. I’m 3 points ahead of Brian Raney in 3rd and 9 points ahead of Matt Doherty in 4th. All in all it was a fun day and I’m looking forward to racing tomorrow.