Monday, May 4, 2009

Laser ACCs Wrapup

The Laser Atlantic Coast Champipnships for full rigs were held this past weekend at Severn Sailing Association here in Annapolis. We had a great turnout with 80 boats racing. Aaron from customer service and I competed in the event and we both had a great time.

We sailed 5 races over 2 days in varied conditions completing 2 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. Saturday's conditions were light 4-8 kts with a strong flooding tide on the right side of the course. There were some shifts but the tide seemed to dominate the day with the right side paying off on most of the upwind legs.

Sunday was rainy and pretty chilly with temps in the high 50s / low 60s. The breeze started similar to Saturday but built to a steady 10-12 with gusts maybe up to 14/15 occasionally. There were definitely some shifts and the tide didn't seem to be as big a factor with the increase in velocity. The starting line was huge and a start at the wrong end was tough to come back from. After 3 races and a lot of general recalls in between it was a very long day.

The regatta was won by Evan Lewis of Canada with impressive results, a 17th being his drop race. The first woman was Ashley Love from SSA. Yours truly had a great day on Saturday but couldn't quite hang with the big boys on Sunday in the bigger breeze. It was pretty cool to be up there with the leaders for a little while at least.

It was really awesome to sail against so many boats and such good competition. Clear air was key and it was really tough to fight back from a bad start with so many boats out there. Aaron said the regatta was "Good food, good racin and good times."

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