Another successful Club Regatta has become a recent memory for the SCYC membership. The anticipation leading up to this fun, team-building event is over and members will be winding down their cruising throughout the end of the season... but not before they participate in one last club cruise.
The writer of this article had her heart set on participating in this year's event. After experiencing the exhilaration of racing previous years with the TwoCan sailing faster than one ever imagined, she was keen! (Perhaps it was due to the expert crewing onboard from the Orava team... ) But alas, it wasn't meant to be. The Saturday weather took a complete 360 with 25 knot winds and rain. This would not have been an issue, had they not moved their boat to Stones Marina in the spring. By mid-afternoon, after tracking the less than ideal conditions and consultation with the Orava crew, the Captain finally decided mid-afternoon not to move the TwoCan. Well, didn't that take the wind out of their sails? Literally.
Not to be left out completely, they attended the Captain's Meeting in the morning, regardless of the fact they lacked a sailboat tied up to the dock. A few photos were taken to share the mood of the Captains and crew before boarding their vessels for this race that no one takes too seriously- especially when one understands the rule of the race. After 1.5 hours out or reaching the final way point (whichever happens first), the boat in the lead must turn around simultaneously with all the boats behind him, racing back to Schooner Cove. You see how this BANG and BACK RACE is anything BUT a serious affair!
The RAG-BAGGERS and STINK POTTERS headed out enthusiastically for an afternoon of fun and camaraderie on the water. After the previous blustery day, the conditions on Sunday afternoon were perfect for a race in wind of 16 knots and the sun shining with a comforable16 degree temperature. As expected, those SEA GODS were smiling down on the 2017 SCYC Fleet Regatta, once again.
PREPARING FOR THE START
Hungry sailors returned to a barbecue organized by Rhonda Lott and Gerry Reimer. Joanne Petry was recognized for coming up with a system to reduce and recycle after the dinner. She met her ultimate goal of just having one small bucket of garbage at the end of the evening. Well done Conservation Queen!