Very competitive racing this time around. Check out the results above. Many thanks to Nina and Millie Fleming for running our races and tabulating the results so quickly.
We were back in the hanger again. Sail in-sail out.
We lowered the door during the thunderstorm, just enough to watch the action unfold outside.
After the storm, Steve Madden going for the pot of gold, which he found in winning both his class and the BloKarts overall.
No, this is not a BloKart showroom, but it sure did feel that way. We had a great turnout in both classes.
Unlimited class getting ready for the start. The top mark is way down at the end of the runways.
Tight tacking on the first upwind leg.
BloKarts ducking and weaving at the start.
In addition to the regatta racing, there was a Poker Run and Speed Trials. The Poker Run consists of five checkpoints scattered around the flight line, each with a bag containing playing cards sealed in an envelope. The idea is to find the points, collect all five and return them to the race officials. The five cards determine your hand. They were all in but one. Jim Turner failed to find one of the checkpoints, but was strongly encouraged to go back out and try again, now in a dying breeze. Returning a half hour later, drenched in sweat from pushing (that particular target was at the top of the hill), he submitted the final card, his hand was formed, and he won the pot! Way to go, Jim.
For next time we are considering changing this event to more of an orienteering style competition. We will double the checkpoints, make them a bit more challenging to find, hand out maps and time the run.
The Speed Run had its own little drama, in addition the downed rigs, torn sails and flat tires. Dan Clapp and Jeff Roseberry tied for first with 61.5mph. Jeff being Jeff went back out into the 15-25knt. wind and pushed hard for a couple of runs and came in with 61.6. Discretion being the better part of valor, Dan let it stand.
After a great week of sailing and socializing, it’s time to patch sails, fix flats and get ready for September. Tentative dates are September 19-24.
There are so many people to thank. Just go down the list on the results: every name there made a contribution to the success of the event.
Thank you for all you do for winter sailing updates and promoting the racing at Loring. Without your efforts, the broader iceboating/blocart communities would be largely in the dark about sailing opportunities in New England.
I do hope to attend the next land sailing event in September. Hope to see you then.
Yours for our sport, Henry
Nice write-up Bill. Thanks for all you do for us. Steve Madden