Hampton Roads Sailing: April 15

Sunday turned out to be some of the best racing of the season, with strong winds out of the southwest at 8 to 14 knots. The tide was running out pretty hard which made for a fairly calm surface. Speeds were pretty fast and we took advantage of the conditions by setting a reach marking and running modified Olympic courses with a downwind finish. The reaches turned out to be pretty exciting and a lot of places changed hands with perfect surfing conditions delivering extra speed to the well-placed – and pumped – boat.

It was a five-way match up for most of the day, with ODU’s Zach Runcie joining in late as sixth-man (and ringer).

The racing was very tight, and the scores show it was really anyone’s game. Som strong gusts coming in put everyone in the drink at one point or another, and I have the ignomany of walking the boat across the line in the 4-foot low tide, having capsized within reach of the finish as I tried to hold off a charging Andrew Newbold – then did a double flip trying to right the boat fast to hold off the others. (I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your servers.)

Ron Thompson, who always pegs himself as Mr. Inconsistancy, turned in the most consistent performance and edged Mike and me by a point.

A note to racers: There are only two weekends left in the series, so get in on the fun and warm up for the summer. There are charters available through ODU.

This Sunday will also see ODU on the water in force fot the MAISA regatta. We will be running our series upriver a bit toward the Lafayette. If anyone has a little powerboat we can use for committee that would be greatly appreciated.

Pos. Sailor Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
1 Ron Thompson 3 1 2 3 2 11
2 Robert Suhay 2 5 3 1 1 12
3 Mike Moore 1 2 1 4 4 12
4 Andrew Newbold 5 3 4 2 3 17
5 Jaclyn Hollander 4 4 5 5 5 23

Thanks again for everyone who came out and made the event a success. Ian, thanks for doing RC duty. And thanks again to Old Dominion University Sailing for making it all possible.

See you Sunday, 4-22. Robert Suhay

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