One Design Season Opens

David Hazlehurst on Tuesday May 6, 2003 04:57PM

The club was buzzing with activity Saturday evening after off-shore boats returned from Mosquito Point as One Design sailors rigged their boats for the start of the 2003 season the following day. Most noticeable were the 420 crews rigging four new club boats. Conditions on Sunday were close to ideal, some 10-15 knots out of the NNW. In order of start there were 5 Front Runners, 9 Flying Scots, 3 Lasers and 3 420's, starting with a near perfect line and a windward-leeward course.

Using the Laser class rule of thumb "no triangles unless you have a steady 12 knots" the race committee changed to a "G" course for all but the 420's and ignored mild complaints from one of the Front Runners to revert to a WL.....The Race Committees attempt to make life easier for the420's by finishing them at the windward mark failed because all three skippers chose their own versus the posted course, a guaranteed DNF.

On shore, we learnt one more time how much better it is to have non-racers set out the food and drink; thank you Mary Lou and Walter Boone. Results are posted on the board in the new clubhouse and show the Brothers Farinholt, Lee and Ric, as first Front Runner, John Beery as first Flying Scot, Brad Squires as first Laser and my memory fails me amongst the closely contested 420 fleet. Strother Scott and Billy Ford were the only crew to capsize while John Beery and Joey Schott had the only over early start. They recovered after re-starting to finish second, their only non-first place all day. Dabney Overton and his race committee performed almost flawlessly, making the entire a great start to the 2003 One Design season. All we need now are more boats; even Mobjacks would be welcome.

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