Saturday, May 21, 2013
After a dismal looking early morning with rain in the forecast, the day turned out to be a good day for sailing with winds in the 12-16 knot range out of the south and just a few sprinkles of rain.
The morning began with a 9:00 a.m. skippers meeting presided over by Randy Nulle where the sailing instructions were reviewed and the fleet voted to travel clockwise around the island to take the best advantage of the tides and wind. Eric Yaremko volunteered to be the rabbit for the start and did a great job at getting the race off on time.
It was a beat across the bay with all boats opting to go through the slot between Lummi and Eliza which turned out to be one of the easiest transitions through the gap in some time. From there, the fleet split with most boats opting to head toward the center of the channel to take advantage of stronger wind while a couple of boats opted to stay close to the west side of Lummi to take advantage of the favorable current, which eventually proved to be more advantageous. Unlike last year, the current was not too bad rounding the top of Lummi and the wind seemed to hold pretty well. The beat down Hales Pass fighting current and swirling gusty winds proved to be a test for everyone, with some boats pushing to the sides of the pass trying to find current relief without running aground while others tried to stay in sync with the shifting puffs. Once rounding the bottom of portage island it was a fun close reach across the bay under spinnaker in about 13-16 knots of wind. Extreme took line honors, finishing about 2:20 p.m. with all boats completing the course before 4:00 p.m.
A big thank you to Bart Maupin for getting the SIs to us, Randy Nulle for presiding over the skippers meeting and Eric Yaremko for volunteering to be the rabbit to get us all started. Below are the results.