NEWS FROM GRAND LAKE SAILING CLUB

After postponing the first races to the 27-28 April weekend, the wind that Saturday was too much for most of the fleet to risk boats or sails and, so, the day’s racing was canceled. Sunday was much improved with easterly winds 10-15 knots and slowly veering to the south. Three boats entered a mixed fleet of spinnaker and non-spinnaker boats with the handicaps adjusted to make up the difference. A course of windward-leeward was set with two laps to be sailed. Both spinnaker boats set their spinnakers after rounding the first mark but had trouble carrying them as the wind had already started to veer. Star Trek took her spinnaker down and didn’t put it up again. Ted English, in his Hobie 33, had a flatter sail and was able to carry it for a longer time, albeit, with some difficulty.

Racing was close, Ted squeaking by Terry Casady in the first race by two seconds and Kurt getting first by just ten seconds over Terry in the second race. Counting up the scores, everyone had four points. The protocol for breaking a tie is to tally up the best finish, so Terry was third with two seconds, which left Ted and Kurt tied, each with a first and a third. The smallest total corrected time gave the win to Ted, with Kurt second.

The club wants to thank Al Butkus and Roy Goding for service as Race Committee. The next race is 4-5 May, and the last chance to practice before the Grand Cup on 1-2 June is the club race on 18-19 May.