January 11, 2003
NO SIGN OF THE GUYS IN WHITE SUITS... YET!
Maybe there really is a fine line between serious sailing and being just plain sick in the head. Personally, I did not read the thermometer but the forecast temperature at the starting horn was to be about 30 degrees with a wind chill at about 20. Apparent wind chill throughout the race was uncertain as predicted winds were to be anywhere from 5 to 25 out of the NNW. Measuring it would only be a deterrent anyway. But was it me or did it actually feel warmer this race than the last? Or maybe the numbness from the cold just blocked our senses. The sun being out did help some and contrary to sailors wanting a good wind, we were kind of hoping for lighter breezes to keep the wind chill factor to a minimum.
Today's race course would be our simplest yet - sail up to the Highway 60 bridge and back. There was one little twist thrown in for fun. Each sailor was given the option to round any bridge pylon in any direction they preferred. It would certainly make things interesting to a group of boats arrived at a pylon at the same time and decided to round in opposite directions.
There was a rarity on the starting line today. We were all there together with the exception of Anthony in the Lancer 28, who was having motor difficulties and unable to get to the line on time. Some differing viewpoints of view on starting tactics were brought up but in the end did not have any effect on the outcome of today's contest. There were no protests filed but rumor had it that the two skipper's were going to duke it out in the parking lot later that evening to resolve the matter.
As always, Maniac pulled ahead quickly and spread from the rest of the fleet in the sometimes light (and sometimes not so light) wind conditions. Banana Split, Dutchess, and Possible Mallard at times looked as if they were trying to organize a raft up as they remained tightly packed throughout the majority of the course. In Katzenjammer I laid back a bit, waiting for the opportunity to deploy my latest weapon (at least that is the story I am sticking to). For the first time ever in a race I hoisted the boat's spinnaker. Upon first glance of the magnificent chute soaring I could almost hear Wagner's Ride of the Valkryies echoing across the lake. For those less knowledgeable of classical music think of Elmer Fudd singing Kill the Wabbit. To be honest, today's spinnaker flight had all the effectiveness like a Looney Toons episode as the exhilaration of the mighty sail filling from a brief wind from abaft was overshadowed greatly by the frustration of a futile sail when the wind shifted and came forward of the beam. The spinnaker run was soon abandoned.
In the end Maniac won handily today. The battle for second was close but Rodger and his crew (how much did he pay them to be out there anyway?) corrected out a mere 9 seconds in front of Andre in Dutchess. Banana Split missed the last mark enabling a fourth place finish for Katzenjammer. Anthony never actually started the race and viewed the entire race from atop the mud bar near the starting line, a trap that was unsuccessfully set for Maniac! Provided we are still here and not "recovering nicely" in a padded room somewhere, the next race will be on January 25th. See you there!
RACE 5 RESULTS
|Tim Chambers||J 29||Maniac||7|
|Rodger Ling||Hunter 25.5||Possible Mallard||6|
|Andre Rijsdijk||Trintella 33||Dutchess||5|
|Eric Almlie||O'Day 23||Katzenjammer||4|
|David Freye||Banana Split||Banana Split||2|
|Anthony West||Lancer 28||Endurance||1|
|Tim Chambers||J 29||Maniac||38|
|David Freye||San Juan 24||Banana Split||30|
|Rodger Ling||Hunter 25.5||Possible Mallard||25|
|Eric Almlie||O'Day 23||Katzenjammer||19|
|Andre Rijsdijk||Trintella 33||Dutchess||15|
|David Hoover||Ranger 33||True Blue||12|
|Steve Geoerge||C&C 27||7|
|Robert Wheeler||Hutner 25||Enchantress||4|
|Anthony West||Lancer 28||Endurance||3|
|Jeff Fletcher||Morgan 22||Manana||1|
Race report written by Eric Almlie. ©Copyright 2003. All rights reserved.