Tuesday, May 5, 2009

J/24 Worlds -- Day #2: Great If You Had A Hangover, Terrible if You Wanted to Race

The confluence of stubborn weather patterns and the regatta being held in Annapolis led to zero racing on Day #2 of the J/24 Worlds.

On a day where three races were scheduled, it was flat calm here on the Chesapeake. It will be interesting to see if the Race Committee ammends the SI's regarding start/finish times to try and get back some of the racing time that was lost today.

PRO Sandy Grosvenor will have her hands full trying to squeeze races in given the latest marine forecast:

WEDNESDAY
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. WAVES 1 FT. A CHANCE OF RAIN.
Note: Anytime you see "5 TO 10 KT." on this forecast, it's a freakin' crapshoot as to what might actually happen.

THURSDAY
W WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS TO 20 KT.
WAVES 2 TO 3 FT.
A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

FRIDAY
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS TO 20 KT.
WAVES 2 FT.
A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS.

The persepective from our racing rigger, Jarrett Hering, aboard Millenium Falcon (USA 5350) was pretty bleak in review of Day #2:

"A few teaser breezes early on led to postponement by the RC. We all drifted around for a few hours in the ripping flooding current (you could almost surf off the wake from R2 buoy).

Watched 2kts - 4kts come and go a couple times but no luck. Back at the tent buying some sweet SLAM World's gear.

Hope for some breeze tomorrow... I hear a rumor that the sun may actually come out."

Good luck with that Jarrett -- the weather seems unsettled, at best. At least it might warm up a little sometime soon!

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