|Yes, we are back for another season. Yes, we still do this. Yes, in the
rain. Fortunately, despite several assurances of a deluge by weather persons
of both the professional and armchair variety (enough of which to make one
wonder, "just how heavy a rain would it take to automatically set off an
inflatable life jacket?" ), what fell from the sky throughout a good portion
of today's match was mostly light, not even enough to really get anyone's
cap wet. Nevertheless, it was still worthy of earning one of those
hardship points that everyone seems to not only crave but insist upon for
every little thing other than just moisture or cold.
That said, having to
maneuver around an occasional floating island of hydrilla that seemed to
resemble something out of one of those Creepshow movie segments,
might have been worthy of an extra point as well. Luna Teak was even
victimized by some of the underwater foliage that clung to their rudder and
made for a very effective drogue for a portion of the first upwind leg.
Overall a good first race of the season, even with the aforementioned
precipitation But at least it was accompanied by a fairly steady light
breeze throughiout. One might have even called it a Tournament of Champions
(sounds like a Jeopardy! episode) as the 4 different boats to win a
race in last year's series made up today's entire fleet (as Tim from
Maniac astutely noted). "I'll take 'J29 losses' for $1,000, Alex!" But
the rest of us did not hit the Daily Double today as Maniac emerged
Race 2 winds and weather looks promising. Let's see more of you out for
Race 2! See you then!