Hampton Roads Sailing: March 4

Getting ready to frostbite

I was sure when I got up Sunday that there would be no racing. The rain was pounding on the skylight. The wind was forecast to be somewhere between light and dead. I told Lisa, “don’t even get out of bed to make cocoa, we won’t be needing it. I will be back in half and hour.”

Glad I went down to the docks to do a little due diligence. It turned out to be one of the most fun sailing days of the season. In the end, it was a small crowd, with five boats racing. But a south easterly breeze ranging between 6 to 10 knots with some interesting oscillations made for really exciting racing. The ran dropped out just long enough to get a complete series of five races in and the air temperature was hovering in the pleasant 40s to maybe even 50.

Race favorite Neil Ford had another stellar day, but not without taking a second by inches to Andrew Newbold, who is always a cool players on the race course and often makes big gains playing shifts right. Richard Biggs also returned to the fold and made some smart plays going deep right toward shore to pick up some excellent lifts. Andrew Molitor also made the most of the light winds and showed he can hang tough up front.

Races were run uprive a little to stay clear of the Old Dominion University regatta going on at the same time. We used a half mile windward leeward course with downwind finishes which made for some exciting finales. Perhaps we will try that again next week.

The results from Sunday 03/04 s follow:

Pos. Sailor Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
1 Neil Ford 1 2 1 1 1 6
2 Andrew Newbold 2 1 3 2 3 11
3 Robert Suhay 3 3 2 3 2 13
4 Richard Biggs 4 4 4 4 4 20
5 Andrew Molitor 5 5 5 5 5 25

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