After an eventful morning, the afternoon racing has been busy but much more consistent. With light and shifty conditions racing has been tough but the sailors and race committee are trudging on to finish as many races as possible today. To accommodate the southwesterly breeze we moved the starting line further back into the Turning Basin making for slightly longer courses and more consistent breeze. At any given time at least three races have been sailing at once filling the basin up with our brightly colored sails and with the dramatic clouds and snowcapped mountains in the background it’s at least been a very scenic day of sailing.
However in these shifty conditions many teams started the afternoon off frustrated with the sailing and most teams have a loss on their record that they feel they should have won. However, Seattle Yacht Club and St. Francis Yacht Club are the exceptions to this holding very few losses and sailing well. Standing apart from most teams St. Francis has been confident and relatively upbeat about their results so far looking forward to the late afternoon. However, trends from previous years tend to suggest that teams who might begin with a tough start typically just need a day to get the hang of “Baldwin Cup Sailing” before they start to really improve their race records. For this reason the first round robin counts less than the second round, so many factors are still at play.
Also as the afternoon goes on the club is starting to see a lot more spectators and involvement from members. Many members arrived after work to enjoy the sailing and 25¢ beers being offered where one can watch the real racing and the Kattack viewing from the Pirates Den. From the junior Non-Calm program, the Junior Commodore Board has been setting up camp for a bake sale, raising money for a regatta they will host. In the past three years they’ve had a lot of success with the bake sale and hope that this year’s turn out is just as good with strategic planning to catch the Baldwin Cup crowd. Overall it’s been a great day for sailing and club involvement, so stay tuned for more!