On Sunday a small weather system came through the area in the morning and pretty much sucked out all the wind. The RC initially postponed us. We had a whiff of air and they tried to send us out, but that went away before even all of the boats had launched and they abandoned it all and called it a regatta.
I got on the road shortly after 1 and arrived back in Richmond just before 2am. Easiest 800 mile drive I had ever done with almost no traffic and almost no construction.
Friday, I arrived in Muskegon Michigan and got some practice in ahead of the Laser District 19 Championship this weekend. Dick Tillman was conducting a clinic with some of the sailors and I jumped in and did their practice races with them.
Today we raced with 16 Standard rigs and 9 radials at Muskegon Yacht Club which is a lake-like bay connected to Lake Michigan. The wind started out around 6-8 and we did some short windward-lewards with a mid-course line. In the lighter winds in the first 3 races it was all about winning the starting and getting the shifts right. Everyone was getting to the windward mark at the same time which made for some interesting mark roundings. Later as the wind increased to 10ish the fleet spread out a little more on the first beat.
I finished 6-11-3-5-8 and am tied with 2 other sailors for 4th. More racing tomorrow! Results.
After racing we went down to the beach at Muskegon State Park and got this photo of the sun setting behind the light-house: