Lightning Sunday Racing August 7th

  • Posted on: 10 August 2016
  • By: Peter Browne


The Lightning Fleet turned out big time for our racing on Sunday, August 7th.   Seven boats – Lucky Dog, Thumbs Up, Mauvais Garcon, Heartbreaker, Flash, Stern, and No Excuses.   Yeah, baby!   We raced 3 L1s in a shifty northerly.   (As fleet meteorologist Bill Mayo points out, we’ve had a lot of northerlies and easterlies this year, unlike typical S/SW summer winds.  Weather variability, global warming, or a sign of the apocalypse, I’ll let you decide…).   The fleet also welcomed Brett and Lara, who were pilfered from the Viper Fleet. 

Good boat speed and either good planning or good luck helped the top boats find their way to the weather mark.   Going downwind was typically a quick gybe to port and a near dead run to the south, but in race 2, a big “lefty” shift made the run more exciting and pulled many in the fleet together at the leeward mark.  Despite a skewed final weather leg that necessitated a quick tack to port after rounding the leeward mark, we had some boats get passed when they lingered too long on starboard and over-stood the starboard layline due to the flooding tide taking us north.  

It's really great to see the turnout – we haven’t had 7 on the line for a Sunday race in quite some time.  Congratulations to Bob Sengstacken who took the overall first for the day, with Stephanie Mayo in second in a tie-breaker, edging out Daniel.   Great sailing by everyone.