Light and variable winds, shell ice and rain combined to make yesterday not one of the best days of iceboating. We put up with shell when there was a puff and tried to tack on the smooth stuff, but when it began to rain the whole exercise just seemed to be a stretch. Scott Woodman, David Jones and I packed up. Jory played his cards better, though. He’s a water rat, so he sat out the rain. It passed, and behind it was a very crisp SE breeze, the one we’d been waiting for all day. He make a quick loop into Davey Jones Locker, but took off when he realized I wanted to borrow his boat. He was last seen vanishing in the mist deep down the Western Way.
This is what makes it a sport. It’s not just how you do rounding the marks, but how you play the forecast and conditions. Jory was willing to get wet in hopes of more wind, others weren’t. He won.
Damariscotta seems to have wet out this morning. We’ll try to get a look at it today, but either way tomorrow has the best wind of the next few days. The weekend is looking good as well.